Volkswagen to recall 3,877 Vento cars over emission issue

Pune: German car maker Volkswagen’s Indian outfit will recall 3,877 Vento cars with 1.5-litre diesel engine and manual gearbox and announced it will hold back sales of the models over emission issues, the company said here on Friday.

In a statement, Volkswagen India said it will recall 3,877 Vento cars with 1.5-litre diesel engine and manual gearbox due to inconsistent carbon monoxide (CO) emissions.

The company said the emissions were observed to be sometimes exceeding the threshold limits during the Conformity of Production (COP) tests done by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).

“At the same time, Volkswagen India is temporarily holding back sales of the manual gearbox version of the Volkswagen Vento with 1.5-litre diesel engine with immediate effect,” the company said.

“Volkswagen India is analysing the issue and will propose technical measures to ARAI to solve this inconsistency at the earliest,” the statement added.

According to the statement, production of the model would resume once the remedial measures are approved and confirmed by competent authorities.

“The same technical measures will also be implemented in the impacted vehicles that are already with customers,” the company said without specifying any timeline.

Volkswagen India said the current issue is not connected to the the global problem of manipulating the emission readings with ‘cheat device’ faced by the parent company.

The company assured that all other vehicles with the customers are technically safe and roadworthy, and all other diesel models and variants of Volkswagen India conform to the norms and shall continue to be produced and sold in India.