On October 7, 2015,
German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. asked its dealers to
stop delivery of all variants of the Polo hatchback with immediate effect. A statement
issued by the company spokesperson of Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said “Volkswagen India has confirmed a
temporary hold on deliveries of its carline Polo due to a technical
reason which is currently under
evaluation. This concerns a limited number of cars out of a specific
production period. Volkswagen further confirms that deliveries for the
non-impacted Polo range continue as per schedule. Volkswagen would
like to clarify that the temporary hold on deliveries is not related to the
ongoing EA 189 diesel engine topic.”
A letter signed by Ashish Gupta, Head of After Sales
Operations, Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Pankaj Sharma, Head of Sales
Operations, Volkswagen Passenger Cars which said “not to physically deliver any
Polo vehicle (All Variants) with immediate effect till further notice form VW”
was sent to their dealer partners.
VW is currently investigating the impact of the
emission scam on Indian operations. The Indian vehicle testing agency ARAI has
been asked by the Government of India to investigate if Volkswagen has
manipulated any emissions tests in India. ARAI has asked the company to present
any and all data related to cars sold in India with the EA189 engine. The
Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise has asked ARAI to submit
their report by the end of the month.
Volkswagen is still in the midst of dealing with the
emissions scandal which was uncovered by US authorities. The scam involved
manipulations by the company which resulted in violations of the emission norms.
Revelations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US stated
that VW has dodged environmental rules for which the penalty could run up to
more than 18 billion US dollars. This could potentially result in the recall of
more than 11 million cars built by Volkswagen group anywhere between 2009 and
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