600,000 VW's recalled in China

​Rupert Reid China Plus Published: 2017-05-19 15:17:59
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A fuse fault has forced the recall of more than 600,000 vehicles for VW's joint venture in China.

[File photo: Baidu]

[File photo: Baidu]

The venture, which is a partnership between the German auto-giant and local partner China FAW Group, is known as FAW-Volkswagen. 

Amongst the recalled vehicles are Golfs produced between 2009 and 2014, and Sagitars manufactured between 2010 and 2012.

It is believed that the fuse issue could potentially lead to headlight failure on these models.

The news comes after a series of positive stories about the German manufacturer's business in China.

In April, we reported that alongside its leading position globally, the German company is also the largest foreign manufacturer in China.

Over a third of VW's foreign sales currently come from China, and now the firm plans to further cement this position by rapidly transforming its product range.

By 2020, VW aims to sell predominantly electric or hybrid vehicles in China, through partnerships with local firms as well as ride-hailing pioneer Didi.

The move towards producing electric cars is in anticipation of the tightening of Chinese emissions standards, and an anticipated new emissions trading scheme.

China continues to be a booming market for auto-manufacturers, with the latest figures showing that sales have increased at their fastest level for 3 and a half years.

Overall, manufacturers are selling an astonishing 22 percent more vehicles this year than at the same point last year.

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