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FRANKFURT May 9 Volkswagen is
recalling about 91,000 cars in Japan, a spokesman for the
company said, citing potential gearbox problems that have
already caused a recall in China.
The spokesman said that the problems were due to the hot and
wet climate, the extreme stop-and-go traffic as well as
pollution typical of some Asian cities.
Volkswagen said in March it would recall 384,181 vehicles in
China due to similar problems, after it was named in state-run
China Central Television's annual investigative special on
The TV show, one of the most widely watched in China, then
said the direct shift gearbox (DSG) transmission, a
long-standing issue for Volkswagen, was causing cars to speed up
or slow down during driving.
Shares in Volkswagen were 0.2 percent lower in thin trade on
Thursday, which is a public holiday in most of Germany.
In 2012, Volkswagen sold 3.17 million vehicles in the
Asia-Pacific region, of which 2.81 million were in China.
(Reporting by Christoph Steitz and Martin Zwiebelberg; Editing
by Mark Potter and Patrick Graham)