NEW DELHI: German carmaker Volkswagen AG’s Indian unit is likely to recall 1,00,000 cars in the country impacted by the diesel emission scandal, television channel CNBC-TV18 reported on Thursday, citing sources.
Europe’s biggest carmaker has admitted cheating in emissions tests on around 11 million diesel vehicles globally. The scandal has pushed Volkswagen to report its first quarterly loss in at least 15 years, forced out its long-time chief executive and sent shockwaves through the global car industry.
The recall in India, expected to happen before November 8, would mostly affect cars fitted with engines that have been imported and would also include 20,000 diesel vehicles made in the country, the television channel reported.
A Volkswagen India spokesman was not immediately reachable for comment.
Volkswagen’s new chief executive Herbert Diess earlier apologized for the automaker’s emissions-cheating scandal, promising to win back customer trust, and said it will delay the launch of a diesel vehicle in Japan.
The head of VW’s Japan division Sven Stein, who appeared at the VW booth before Diess, bowed for several seconds in a Japanese style of apology. Diess made no bow.
“On behalf of my entire company, I’d like to apologize,” said Diess, a recent hire from BMW, stressing that the priority is to fix the problem, uncover what happened and make sure the scandal never happens again. Agencies
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