Audi announces plans to recall 80,000 cars due to fuel injection issue

Audi will recall 80,000 cars worldwide because of a problem related to the fuel injection system. Approximately 35,000 units of the affected vehicles are from China and all of them have been manufactured between April 2011 and April 2012. According to a statement issued by Audi, “in rare cases customers may notice a smell of fuel in affected vehicles.”

Citing China’s quality watchdog, the local Xinhua news agency says that Volkswagen’s joint venture in China, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co. Ltd will start recalling cars on March 20 and the models affected are: A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7.

This is a major hit for Audi because China is the company’s biggest market as last year they managed to sell 578,932 units, representing a massive 18 percent increase compared to 2013.

The fuel injection system has also affected other marques within the Volkswagen Group as Porsche will also recall units of the 2011-2012 Cayenne S Hybrid & Panamera S Hybrid while Volkswagen will have to recall the 2012 Touareg Hybrid.

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Needless to say, all the repair costs will be supported by the automakers.

Adrian Padeanu

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