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by Tim Beissmann

More than 8000 Audi and Skoda vehicles have become entangled in the ‘DSG’ dual-clutch automatic transmission recall, joining almost 26,000 potentially defective vehicles from sister brand Volkswagen in the recall action.

Audi Australia corporate communications general manager Anna Burgdorf confirmed 6267 Audi A1 and A3 small cars equipped with Volkswagen Group’s seven-speed auto ‘direct shift gearbox’ have been recalled to correct the same issue identified in the Volkswagen-badged vehicles.

The recall affects Audi vehicles built between July 2008 and July 2011.

In a statement released last night, Volkswagen Group Australia explained that, in isolated cases, “an electronic malfunction in the control unit inside the gearbox mechatronics may result in a power interruption”.

“If, in rare cases, the car loses power while driving, the driver can remain in control to safely manoeuvre the car to a stop,” it said.

Burgdorf said affected Audi owners would be contacted directly by the manufacturer alerting them to the recall and were encouraged visit their local Audi dealer or call the brand’s customer service hot line on 1800 502 384 if they had any questions.


Meanwhile, Skoda Australia public relations manager Kurt McGuiness confirmed 1746 Skoda Octavia and Superb models would also be forced back to dealerships to have their seven-speed DSGs corrected.

McGuiness said all owners of affected vehicles would be contacted directly by Skoda Australia. Owners looking for more information can contact Skoda Australia’s customer service hot line on 1800 607 540.

Today’s recall expansion takes the total number of Volkswagen Group vehicles recalled over the DSG defect to 33,941 in Australia, following confirmation last night that 25,928 Volkswagen Polo, Golf, Jetta, Passat and Caddy models also required a transmission fix.