Volkswagen Group says 1,946 diesel Tiguan crossovers imported and sold in China may have emissions systems that contain manipulated software.
The vehicles are fitted with VW's EA189 four-cylinder diesel engine, VW China said in a statement released Saturday.
Volkswagen has acknowledged that nearly half a million cars sold in the U.S. had software that allowed its emissions systems to cheat in emissions tests. In total, the automaker says 11 million vehicles are affected worldwide.
Volkswagen has started an investigation to determine whether the cars sold in China belong to the same batch of diesel vehicles whose emissions were rigged in other markets, the automaker said.
The scandal has already cost the jobs of company CEO Martin Winterkorn and several other senior executives.
VW China said that none of the other imported vehicles or any of the vehicles built by VW's two China-based joint ventures are involved in the emission rigging.
In China, VW has joint ventures with two major state-owned Chinese automakers, FAW Group Corp. and SAIC Motor Corp.
For the first eight months, VW Group's various brands sold 2.26 million vehicles in China, down 5.8 percent year on year.