VW Vento 1.5L TDI sales temporarily suspended, recall issued

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Unrelated to the global emissions scandal.

VW India has temporarily suspended sales of the VW Vento 1.5L TDI with the manual transmission. The company has also issued a recall for 3,877 units of the Vento 1.5 TDI MT, owing to “inconsistent Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions that were observed to be sometimes exceeding the threshold limits during the Conformity of Production (COP) tests done by ARAI”.

2016 VW Vento front quarter at the Auto Expo 2016
Updated 2016 model year variants of the Vento and Polo were launched in India in February 2016.

The company said in a statement that it is analyzing the issue and is proposing a fix to ARAI at the earliest. The same fix will also be carried out on the affected vehicles already delivered to customers.

This issue is unrelated to the global emissions scandal uncovered last year, where VW and several group companies’ products were found to emit 10-40 times NOx emissions than stated. The Carbon Monoxide issue does not affect other VW India products such as the Polo variants, or even other Vento variants (Vento TSI, Vento TDI DSG).

2016 VW Polo front three quarter at the Auto Expo 2016
The issue is specific to the VW Vento only.

The 1.5-liter four-cylinder TDI diesel engine powering the Vento develops 105 PS and 250 Nm of torque. It will also power the forthcoming made-for-India VW Ameo compact sedan, expected to go on sale in June 2016.

Also read: 2016 VW Tiguan – Geneva Motor Show

The press release is attached below for reference.

2016 VW Vento – Image Gallery

VW Vento Carbon Monoxide Recall – Press Release

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