VW to recall over 300 000 models

2013-03-20 08:49

SHANGHAI, China - In March 2013, we reported that state-run China Central Television (CCTV) called for a recall of Volkswagen's Direct Shift Gearbox in its annual corporate malpractice exposé.

The report said that the DSG, a long-standing issue for VW, could cause a sudden loss or gain in engine power, posing safety hazards.

Volkswagen will recall 384 181 vehicles in China over gearbox defects, it said after the televised criticism of its transmission.


Volkswagen said an electronic malfunction could cause cars to lose power while being driven.

The automaker said: "In isolated cases, an electronic malfunction in the control unit or a lack of oil pressure inside the gearbox mechatronics may result in a power interruption."

Steering and braking would not be impacted, it added.

The vehicles affected include both imported models such as the Audi A3 and domestically-made ones, among them the Magotan and Passat, said the Chinese government's quality watchdog.


The move followed a year-long investigation, it added, and the cars involved came off the assembly line between December 2008 and March 2013. Volkswagen said it would replace components in the gearbox of affected vehicles for free.

Volkswagen South Africa public relations manager, Andile Dlamini, said the recall will not affect local models.

He said: "The recall is due to a local problem in China, and it will not affect South Africa. China has a VW plant so the problem most likely stems from a component being affected."

Audi SA spokesperson Rudi Venter says local A3 models will not be affected.

Venter said: "The DSG problems are only affecting China. Also, the gearboxes there are left-hand drive and the configurations is slightly different to right-hand drive gearboxes too."


  • Fredster69 - 2013-03-20 09:14

    There goes my vote...

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-20 09:51

      German cars are too unreliable. My BMW has given me no issues

      Clifford Smith - 2013-03-20 10:07

      @ Bafana.Ndlovu ........ If German cars were so unreliable why you driving a BMW? Didn't you know it is also a German car?

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-20 10:22

      BMW is South African, made in PE

      Tshepo Ally - 2013-03-20 12:08

      hahaha! Bafana Ndlovu, made my day. BMW is a German product though. Enough with the outrageous arguments.

      Flashsa - 2013-03-20 12:13

      The BMW 3 series is manufactured in Rosslyn, close to Pretoria and it is 100% german but locally assembled. Bafana - you are very ignorant and this shows through your posts!

      Craig Mabitsa - 2013-03-20 12:43

      Clifford, Sipho, and Jacque think they are bright sparks who knows about cars, meanwhile Bafana is exposing their low IQ's and their ignorance

      Dawie Coetzee - 2013-03-20 13:12

      One side-effect of the manufacturing approach favoured by the motor industry is that the product is primarily dependent on tooling, and the effect of the quality of local labour is relatively minor. As a result, the product reflects the same production engineering whether it is physically made in South Africa, Germany, China, Poland, Mexico, or Brazil. This is partly due to efforts to eliminate dependence on skilled labour, which is expensive, and partly due to the programme by which industry capitalizes on its technological capability by engineering legislation and other state action which outlaws more labour-dependent and less capital/volume-sensitive alternatives. The social justice analysis in this, as it affects both labour and the consumer, is quite involved.

      LiveYourOwnLife - 2013-03-21 12:39

      Bafana.Ndlovu Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen have local manufacturing plants as well, but the cars are still German designed and engineered, really now you're just making yourself look bad.

      Nathi Olifant - 2013-03-22 07:57

      eish Bafana ha ha ha anyway it's assembled in Rosslyn, Pta.

  • Sc1pio - 2013-03-20 09:57

    Your BMW is a German car compadre.

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-20 10:17

      BMW is made in South Africa, port Elizabeth

      Jacques du Plessis - 2013-03-20 10:37

      @Bafana.Ndlovu: you really are an idiot. VW is locally built in Uitenhage and the BMW Plant is in Pretoria, NOT Port Elizabeth. Both VW and BMW are German cars- doesn't matter where they are built!

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-20 10:57

      If a person is born in South Africa it is South African, even if the parents were from Europe or Congo

      Sipho Mdumiseni Khumalo - 2013-03-20 11:17

      clearly Bafana needs a lesson.. BMW headquarters are in Munich, Germany. that's where all the research, development and design of the BMWs including yours is done. they have factories all over the world and in South Africa it is made in Rosslyn, Pretoria. not PE. as a point of correction, Some VW cars are manufactured in Uitenhage. the fact that if something is made in SA doesn't change it's country of origin.

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-20 11:27

      The cars body is made here so it's where it is born. Being proudly South African seems to be frowned upon

      Sipho Mdumiseni Khumalo - 2013-03-20 11:35

      we not frowning about being proudly South African. the fact that it is assembled here is good for the economy and the country. the car was first born in Germany. we just reproduce the car. hence the car is German by birth.

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-20 11:47

      So Africans born in America are African?

      Oistar Tutu - 2013-03-20 12:07

      you are tedious, bafana. Like those f'ing flies buzzing round inside your head

      Mandy Casey - 2013-03-20 21:27

      Actually it does matter where a car has been assembled. Build quality is better on a car assembled in Germany vs ZA.

      Luyanda - 2013-03-20 22:49

      @Bafana and Jacques. You 2 are hilarious with your bickering. Kr Kr Kr...reminds me of the Laurel

  • Kwashic - 2013-03-20 10:20

    VW boys were talking about the Ford recall a few days back... now see this. As if they didnt know recalls are common in the auto industry.

      Jean Rossouw - 2013-03-20 11:40

      No recall on Ford Power shift (same thing)!!!

  • Roscoe Jerome Louw - 2013-03-20 13:02

    lol..Sure bafana was having fun laughting at you all... I have had a Jetta5 and Polo classic (1st shape), my Polo covered 260000km in 4yrs and broke down once... the day before I took delivery of my Jetta. My jetta is now on 130000km and one VW Alert Call because the battary died. Think design faults will always happen but reliablity is determined on how you look after your car.

      James Williams - 2013-03-20 21:40

      Depends on ones experience. I had a 2003 Polo. Stranded me after about 10000km, car wouldnt start. Fixed under warranty. Problem kept recurring at regular intervals but VW couldnt find anything wrong, so they suggested replacing parts on a trial and error basis at my expense. After 3 weeks and R 11000 out of my own pocket in trial repairs, I called an an end to this experiment and sold the car. The car was so well looked after, serviced only at VW. From here on it's Honda all the way. VW has some great cars on sale currently, but I won't risk buying one again.

  • Vince Hobs - 2013-03-21 08:15

    In january my friend was showing me his new vw polo,I stepped into the car to start it and when I stepped on the clutch,it fell in.The car was towed from there and he was very embarased.

  • Robin Soulsby - 2013-03-21 11:40

    I was contacted this week to bring my Amarok in for a Campaign 23L8 'needs to be attended to ASAP' - Gearbox related. Wonder if it is the same thing? I might add it the most recent of a whole string of issues related to this vehicle - I think the build quality leave a lot to be desired!

  • Christopher Booise - 2013-03-21 20:25

    Oh my goodness, I hope SA is really not affect, because I've just collected my new DSG Jetta yesterday.

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