Volkswagen's diesel scandal continues to rise

Chinese authorities says they are to open a full investigation on the number of Volkswagen diesel cars sold in China

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Volkswagen have been embroiled in a global pollution cheating scandal.

Authorities in China released on Monday that they will open a full investigation on Volkswagen’s emissions and the number of Volkswagen diesel vehicle sold in the nation.

Last month, Volkswagen's trickery emissions scandal suddenly emerged and effected nearly every country in the world.

Volkswagen admitted on September 22 that 11 million automobiles produced by the German carmaker - the world's largest ahead of Toyota - had a problem with the rear axle arm of the cars. The scandal has forced the resignation of Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn on September 23. He has been replaced by Matthias Muller, head of Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche since 2010.

The German carmaker delivered over 2.7 million vehicles to Chinese customers during the first nine months of this year, up 15.2 percent from a year earlier, outpacing an industry growth of 7 percent.

Meanwhile, Chine is still the largest auto market in the world, as well as, it  has historically purchased few diesel cars. China is the latest country to begin an investigation into the big German automaker, Volkswagen.

Last year, Volkswagen recalled 384,181 vehicles in China over a gearbox problem, after the German carmaker was named in an annual special investigative report on corporate malpractice that was produced by state-run China Central Television.

Volkswagen shares have lost about 40 percent of their value on the Frankfurt stock exchange since the scandal broke.

TRTWorld and agencies