BEIJING (Reuters) -- Audi will recall 80,000 vehicles due to issues with the fuel-injection system, the automaker said, adding that about 35,000 are from China.
The cars were made between April 2011 and April 2012, and "in rare cases customers may notice a smell of fuel in affected vehicles," Audi said in an e-mailed statement.
China's official Xinhua news agency, citing the country's quality watchdog, reported that Volkswagen's local joint venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co. Ltd., will begin the recall on March 20, affecting various Audi A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 models.
China is Audi's largest-single market. Last year the automaker sold 578,932 vehicles there, a rise of 18 percent over 2013.
Last week, official data showed the world's second-largest economy grew at its slowest pace in 24 years in 2014 as auto sales growth halved to 7 percent from the year before.