Volkswagen to recall 1.90 lakh cars in India over diesel emissions scandal

Volkswagen's Indian arm today said it is recalling 1.90 lakh cars sold in India from July over the global diesel emissions scandal that has forced the German car maker to set aside $18.32 billion to fund the recall of millions of cars worldwide.

"Starting from the second half of 2016, Volkswagen will recall 1.90 lakh cars and continue till ten months," Volkswagen India head of marketing Kamal Basu told PTI.

In December, Volkswagen India announced the recall of 323,700 cars across three brands – Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi – which were made between 2008 and November 2015 in India.

Changes have to be made to four engines that belong to the EA 189 family of engines. The recall was part of the 11 million units recall made by the company globally.

Volkswagen, Europe's largest auto maker, will initially recall1.9 lakh cars in the Volkswagen brand and fix a software, said Basu.

In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted that it had manipulated the engines of around 11 million diesel cars, including its VW, Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat brands.

The emission scandal first broke out in the US, and soon spread to the UK, Italy, France, South Korea, Canada and Germany.

The affected Volkswagen diesel vehicles were sold with so-called ''defeat-device'' software designed to fool motor vehicle emissions tests into calibrating approved levels of greenhouse gas exhaust while the cars were operating.