Volkswagen recalls diesel vehicles in China to correct fake emissions

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Volkswagen is recalling 1,950 diesel vehicles in China to correct engine control software that the carmaker has admitted was designed to cheat emissions tests.

The recall applies to 1,946 imported Tiguan sport utility vehicles and four imported Passat B6 sedans, the company said Monday.

It said technical solutions are being developed and measures will be presented to Chinese authorities “within the required timeframes and regulations.”

The announcement followed VW’s admission last month that 2.1 million of Audi’s diesel-powered vehicles worldwide had been fitted with the software.

“Volkswagen would like to sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers. We would like to assure that we will do everything humanly possible to win back trust and take care of any concerns,” the company statement said.

China’s main quality watchdog, the Defective Product Administrative Center, said Monday it was “highly concerned” about the issue and will take appropriate measures, without giving details.

German prosecutors said late last month that they were investigating former Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn for fraud.

Volkswagen said it was laying aside 6.5 billion euros (7.3 billion dollars) to help meet the costs of the scandal, could end up costing the company more than 18 billion dollars in fines in the US alone.

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