Volkswagen shamed in China

2013-03-17 07:56

SHANGHAI, China - 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, which plans to almost double production capacity in China to four-million cars in the next five years, promised action in response to the "3:15" show, whose name refers to the date of World Consumer Rights Day.


The automaker said: "We take this report very seriously and we will quickly make contact with our consumers to resolve the issue."
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said that its research has confirmed that some of the automaker's DSG has defects that may cause engine power failure.

AQSIQ spokesman Zhang Yuanping said that if VW refuses to fulfill its legal obligations, AQSIQ will force it to recall the defective cars.

According to Zhang, AQSIQ has been investigating the company's DSG transmissions since March, 2012.

In May 2012, Volkswagen extended its DSG quality guarantee period in China to 10 years under pressure from the administration, Zhang said.


  • Mandy Casey - 2013-03-17 17:03

    2012? "In May 2013, Volkswagen extended"

  • Tieno Bloubul - 2013-03-17 18:45

    In the meantime you risk your life driving in a Chinese car.....

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-18 16:13

      Jip, Google Chinese car crash tests on Youtube, shocking footage.

      Jacques Shepperson - 2013-03-18 22:40

      The GWM H5/hover got a 4 star safety...

  • Zwelibanzi Ndlovu - 2013-03-18 01:20

    I had a problem with a DSG gearbox on a Scirroco. And there was a sudden loss of power. No explanation was given except being told that I was lucky because the car was still under warranty otherwise I'd have had to pay from my pocket.

      Hein Smal - 2013-03-18 09:06

      So did i Zwelibanzi and i was told that people dont understand how this type of gearbox functions which off course was b...it these gearboxes never worked properly as an assosiate off mine has the same problem on a Jetta may i suggest you to get rid of it and get a manual

      ThandoGqabaza - 2013-03-19 12:00

      And when my friends clutch went in his Golf , VW told him it was his driving style and he had to pay even though he still had motor plan. VW service = pathetic.

  • Dexter Tangocci - 2013-03-19 00:21

    And they get away with exporting their terrible cars all over the world..

  • qungisbindi.mafendana - 2013-03-19 07:33

    Eish... Good thing I got me a manual.

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