There has been a tremendous uptick in vehicle sales in recent years, with even premium brands seeing huge increases. So it shouldn’t be surprising to see vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg be issued recall notices.
Between the two SUVs, there are about 800,000 cars on the road, split between 391,000 Touareg’s and 409,477 Cayenne’s, spanning the 2011 to 2016 model years. With Volkswagen as the parent company, the two cars are similar and share some components. In this case, there is a clip from the pedal bracket that may become dislodged and cause difficulty with braking. The two manufacturers want to inspect the cars and see if the clip needs to be replaced. According to Porsche, they found the problem during an internal inspection and has since been corrected on the production line.
Even though there have been no accidents or injuries linked to the potential problem, both brands are demonstrating a “better safe than sorry” approach by checking all of the SUVs that are affected.
Both the Touareg and Cayenne SUVs have been huge sellers for Volkswagen and Porsche. The Touareg was first introduced in 2002, with Porsche’s Cayenne following two years later. The Porsche faithful, which I count myself a member of, were shocked that a sports car company could introduce a slow and lumbering SUV. As it turned out, the Cayenne turned out to be a huge seller for the brand, attracting buyers who otherwise would not have set foot in a Porsche showroom.
The same can be said for Volkswagen’s Touareg. The German brand has become a true master of re-purposing vehicle platforms, with many of their small vehicles sharing the same basic groundwork, saving the company a tremendous amount of money in development costs. As the parent company, Volkswagen introduced the Touareg first with the intention of using the platform to launch a very premium version for Porsche. Both are capable offroaders but are usually seen shuttling families to shopping and other neighborhood activities.
Adding to the bad press, the Touareg and Cayenne are also caught up in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Both cars, as well as other models from each brand’s lineup, use the Volkswagen developed diesel V6 engine. Since 2009, diesel engines in cars sold by Volkswagen have sidestepped federal emission regulations by using a software defeat mechanism.
As of yet, there has been no recall announced. Volkswagen has been negotiating with government regulators for a while now trying to hammer out an agreement on how to fix the cars. What may be hindering the process is that a full fix may be unlikely. Volkswagen may find themselves reimbursing owners or, as I’m sure is a worse case scenario for VW, actually buying cars back. This continues to be such a disappointment by someone like me and other enthusiasts.
Take a look at my full post, “Premium Brands Not Immune to Recalls,” on the Vehicle History Blog and let me know what you think.