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Volkswagen to recall over 640,000 vehicles in China

German car giant Volkswagen is to recall more than 640,000 vehicles in China for a possible gearbox fault, it said Thursday in its second recall in the world's largest auto market in two days. The company will recall 621,563 locally-made models -- among them the Golf and Lavida -- as well as 18,746 imported cars including Audis and Beetles, China's quality watchdog said in a separate statement. The synthetic oil used in the gearbox may cause electrical malfunctions under conditions of high heat and humidity, Volkswagen said.

Volkswagen to recall over 207,000 vehicles in China

German auto giant Volkswagen will recall more than 207,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) sold in China over a possible defect in the lights, China's quality watchdog said on Wednesday. The Chinese government had ordered the recall of 189,770 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs produced domestically and another 18,008 imported ones, according to a statement. A defect in the fuses of exterior lights could cause them to fail, it said, adding the recall was for safety concerns. Volkswagen could not be immediately reached for comment.

VW, UAW look to avoid Pennsylvania missteps in Tennessee plant

By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Both Volkswagen AG management and the United Auto Workers union want to see history play out differently in Tennessee from the last time the German automaker had a U.S. assembly plant. While the landscape is very different from 25 years ago, the legacy of the older plant's failure is part of the troubled history the UAW will have to overcome as it tries to represent VW workers again -- this time in Tennessee, where the automaker employs 2,500 people building Passat sedans.

Volkswagen first-half net profit plunges, maintains outlook

Volkswagen, Europe's biggest car maker, said Tuesday it's first-half net profit plunged nearly 46 percent due partly to a difficult European market but confirmed its full-year forecasts. The group, which manufactures the Seat, Audi and Bentley models, said net profit came to 4.8 billion euros ($6.3 billion) for the first six months of the year, a 45.8 percent drop from the same period a year earlier. The fall follows one-offs linked to its tie-up with luxury sportscar maker Porsche that helped boost last year's first-half result, as well as financial provisions.

Security flaws in millions of Volkswagen cars stopped from being revealed after UK injunction

LONDON - A British university is delaying the release of an academic paper on how the anti-theft systems of millions of Volkswagen vehicles are at risk of being hacked after the German carmaker took legal action against it.

Volkswagen, Audi recall 32,000 cars in Australia

German auto giant Volkswagen (VW) on Wednesday recalled nearly 26,000 vehicles in Australia and Audi followed suit with 6,000 cars due to a gearbox problem that could cause a loss of power while driving. The recalls follow growing safety worries sparked by the death in Australia of a woman while in a 2008 Golf. The 32-year-old's car slowed and was hit from behind by a truck on a Melbourne motorway in 2011, a coroner's inquest heard last month. The news sparked complaints from other VW owners whose cars had also cut out or stopped on busy roads.

Hitler's shadow looms over anniversary of VW hometown

Europe's number one carmaker Volkswagen is not keen on celebrating the 75th birthday of its German home town of Wolfsburg on Sunday because of the long shadow cast by Adolf Hitler there. "It was all just a bit of Nazi propaganda," a spokesman for the carmaker said, referring to the festivities 75 years ago when the Nazi leader laid the foundation stone for a factory that would build the "Kraft-durch-Freude" (KdF) (Strength through Joy) automobile that went on to conquer the world as "the People's Car".

Volkswagen recalls more than 384,000 cars in China

Volkswagen said Wednesday it would recall 384,181 vehicles in China over gearbox defects, marking the German auto giant's biggest ever recall in the world's largest auto market. The recall came after Chinese state television alleged in an annual corporate malpractice programme that Volkswagen had used substandard gearboxes in some models, causing acceleration problems and accidents. In a company statement, Volkswagen said an electronic malfunction could cause its cars to lose power while being driven.

Volkswagen to recall almost 385,000 China vehicles

German auto giant Volkswagen will recall 384,181 vehicles in China over gearbox defects, it said Wednesday after state television criticised it over the issue. In a company statement Volkswagen said an electronic malfunction could cause cars to lose power while being driven. "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," the statement said. Steering and braking would not be impacted, it added.

China agency urges Volkswagen to recall vehicles

China's consumer quality agency on Saturday urged German auto giant Volkswagen (VW) to recall vehicles with a gearbox defect that it said could lead to engine power failures. It was not immediately clear how many vehicles or what models would be affected by the problems, which are related to the direct shift gearbox transmission, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said in a statement on its website.
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