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    Australian market - VW sales crash

    Volkswagen sales crash

    Volkswagen’s sales have plummeted by almost 20 per cent following its controversial recall of nearly 26,000 cars.

    Andrew McKellar, executive director of the Australian Automobile Association, said motorists “have voted with their feet”.

    “Volkswagen paid a price for the way in which they handled the recall issue and the fact that they didn’t come out and deal with that issue... in an open, honest and more transparent way.”

    “It’s a reminder to all vehicle builders that they need to be open and honest with their customers.
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    Re: Australian market - VW sales crash

    I dislike articles like this that don't tell you what the issue is, i.e. the article doesn't stand on its own two feet. I suspect if you live in Australia this was a scandal and you'd know about it, but I'd think a good journalist would spend a sentence or two on the issue other than a vague comments like "safety issues" and an accident.

    I don't think this will bring VW to its knees - a drop of a 1,000 vehicles is barely a blip for them.

    What is different about these vehicles in Australia/Asia that they are recalled yet they aren't in the USA?
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    Re: Australian market - VW sales crash

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    What is different about these vehicles in Australia/Asia that they are recalled yet they aren't in the USA?
    Problem is that VW refused to recall or admit a problem even though they did elsewhere. I think it is the dual clutch transmission that is the main problem.


    "“The issue is about perception,” he said.

    “It will take quite a while for people to regain that sense of trust, you can’t just paper over it.”

    Volkswagen recalled thousands of its Golf, Jetta, Polo and Passat models amid customer complaints surrounding safety and reliability.

    The brand’s Australian arm had resisted calls to fix its cars despite Volkswagen issuing widespread recalls in China, Japan and Singapore."
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    Re: Australian market - VW sales crash

    Quote Originally Posted by RedVee8 View Post
    Problem is that VW refused to recall or admit a problem even though they did elsewhere. I think it is the dual clutch transmission that is the main problem.


    "“The issue is about perception,” he said.

    “It will take quite a while for people to regain that sense of trust, you can’t just paper over it.”

    Volkswagen recalled thousands of its Golf, Jetta, Polo and Passat models amid customer complaints surrounding safety and reliability.

    The brand’s Australian arm had resisted calls to fix its cars despite Volkswagen issuing widespread recalls in China, Japan and Singapore."
    Oops - I misread the article.

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    Re: Australian market - VW sales crash

    sounds a lot like JEEP and them "renegotiating" the coverage of the recall with the NHTSA in the USA

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    Re: Australian market - VW sales crash

    perception is everything. Toyota has recalled Toyota and Lexus vehicles with an airbag fault but they must have handled it correctly as their sales haven't been affected. I hope VW learn from this.
    It is one thing to say our gearboxes come from a different source but if the same problem exists then the recall should have been sooner.

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