Beijing smog (in 2007). (credit: rytc)

On Monday, Volkswagen announced that it would recall 1,950 imported diesel vehicles in China—specifically 1,946 Tiguans and four Passat B6s.
In response, China’s air quality control authority (the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine or AQSIQ) said it was “highly concerned” about the diesel cars’ defeat device mechanism. The organization would “launch an investigation into VW vehicles,” according to Reuters.
The knee-jerk reaction is to scoff at China posturing against Volkswagen for selling fewer than 2,000 polluting cars. The country has some of the most intense air pollution in the world, after all, so Volkswagen’s Tiguans are a drop in a smoggy bucket.
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