The recall, announced by the Russian state standards agency Rosstandart, is not related to the emission scandal, but concerns an engine component that could fail.
Recalls news related to the emission scandal will surface on a daily basis when Volkswagen eventually finds a fix for the affected cars, a solution that has to be approved first and foremost by the regulators. According to Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, the automaker will soon present a solution for the 2.0 litre diesel engines fitted with the illegal emission software, while it also said it found a fix for the 1.6-litre diesel engines fitted with the cheating device. However, these solutions have to wait for the Federal Motor Transportation Authority’s approval in Germany.
But in the meantime, Volkswagen is “warming up” on a different technical issue, on an infinitely smaller scale, with a recall of 1,906 cars in Russia because of possible engine problems, Russian state standards agency Rosstandart said on Thursday. The recall will affect Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle and Golf models built in the last two years because of concerns about the valvetrain component used in their engines, Rosstandart said.
The Russian market is not a significant one for the German automaker, as volumes are quite low. But what is more important for VW in Russia is the October percentage sales downfall, as last month the VW‘s Passenger Cars brand deliveries collapsed by 25.7 percent from 9,300 vehicles in October 2014, to 6,900 cars last month, while Group’s sales went down by 31 percent in October and by 37 percent in the first ten months of the year.