Volkswagen to Recall 11,000 Cars in Israel

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A Greenpeace activist holds a protest poster in front of a Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, September 25, 2015.Credit: AP

Almost two weeks after Volkswagen admitted it has cheated on U.S. emission-standards tests, the company’s Israeli importer said Wednesday it would recall some 11,000 vehicles and suspended sales of models connected with the affair.

“Pursuant to notices issued by [Volkswagen] in the last several days on the matter of emissions in its diesel vehicles, we can report that the manufacturers has provided the relevant chassis numbers, which in accordance with its instructions will undergo a technical adjustment,” said Champion Motors in a statement.

Champion, which also imports Skoda, Audi and SEAT vehicles — all VW group makers that have also been implicated in the affair — said the approximately 11,000 vehicles were manufactured between 2009 and 2015.

“The vehicles are safe to drive,” it stressed. “We are awaiting technical guidelines from the manufacturer on how to proceed with the operation and we will update the relevant customers when we have the information.”

It said it had agreed in coordination with the Transportation Ministry to suspend sales of certain models for now.

VW, Europe’s largest carmaker, has admitted to using software to rig diesel emissions tests in the United States. Germany’s transportation minister says it also manipulated tests in Europe, where Volkswagen sells about 40% of its vehicles.

Volkswagen said on Tuesday it would refit up to 11 million diesel vehicles globally installed with the “cheat” software in one of the biggest such recalls by a single automaker. It has promised to submit details to regulators next month but did not provide any information on how long it expects the fix to take or whether it plans to offer compensation to vehicle owners.

Analysts told the Reuters news agency that the refit may not be straightforward, and Volkswagen’s Czech division Skoda has informed the government in Prague that it will need until the end of October to find a technical solution. Around 1.2 million Skoda vehicles are affected.

With reporting from Reuters.