323,700 VW cars are to be recalled in India after a government investigation revealed the emissions limits to be much higher than the law permits.
More and more countries are putting pressure on Volkswagen to recall and fix the cars fitted with the illegal software. Last week, the South Korean government fined Volkswagen’s branch over the emissions scandal and ordered a recall for all the affected cars in the country. Also, the Indian authorities sent to Volkswagen a notice last month, after an investigation made by the Automotive Research Association of India revealed discrepancies between on-road tests and those unrealistically official figures. Therefore, the German automaker has to plan a recall to bring the affected cars’ emissions into the limits of the law, Ambuj Sharma, additional secretary in the Ministry of Heavy Industries, said.
This move is mandatory not only for the brand’s models, but also for Audi and Skoda cars. Volkswagen said in a statement that it would present a solution to the ministry and ARAI for approval, and carry out the recall in phases. The plan would include a software update, it said. Volkswagen sold 26,479 cars in India in first third quarters of the year, having a 1.7 percent market share and being on the 8th spot in the country, according to data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. Volkswagen has already submitted solutions for the three affected diesel engines to the German automotive regulator and the fixes have made a “positive” impression, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in a statement.