Govt to issue showcause notice to Volkswagen Group for emission variation in India

Testing agency Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has found a significant variation in the emission level in on-road vehicles of three Volkswagen models when compared to laboratory measurements.

By: | Updated: March 21, 2016 9:58 AM

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Testing agency Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has found a significant variation in the emission level in on-road vehicles of three Volkswagen models when compared to laboratory measurements. (Photo: AP)

The government on Wednesday said that it will issue a showcause notice to the Volkswagen Group of companies for emission variation.

Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretary, Heavy Industries Ministry said, "Testing agency Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has found a significant variation in the emission level in on-road vehicles of three Volkswagen models when compared to laboratory measurements."

Emission variations have been found in diesel models - Jetta, Audi A4 and Vento, Sharma said.

We will give them (Volkswagen) 15-21 days to reply to the notice. We are expecting a reply from them by month-end, with detailed technical inputs from their HQ in Germany," he added.

Sources had recently said that Volkswagen is likely to recall around 100,000 diesel cars in India which have been fitted with faulty imported engines and are also violating emission norms.

Volkswagen has been accused of fitting diesel cars with devices that can switch on pollution controls when they detect the car is undergoing testing.

Last month, Volkswagen had admitted to cheating in emissions norms and said there was an impact on 11 million vehicles globally. In India the company not only agreed to cooperate with government authorities, as well ARAI, the testing agency, in finding faults with cars sold in India but also recalled close to 390 Polos earlier this month for inspection and precautionary repair of the handbrake.

The scandal has pushed Volkswagen to report its first quarterly loss in at least 15 years globally, forcing out its long-time chief executive and sent shockwaves through the global car industry. According to sources, models such as Vento, Passat, Jetta and Polo fitted with imported engines apart from 20,000 locally made cars are expected to be recalled in India.

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