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Chinese state-TV show singles out Apple, Volkswagen in corporate malpractice expose

Last Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:04

Cape Town: China’s state-run television has singled out US-based tech firm Apple and German car maker Volkswagen in its annual corporate malpractice exposé.

China Central Television (CCTV), in its programme aired on Friday, said that Chinese customers were not given the same post-sales service from Apple as it gave to users in other markets.

The report also said that the direct shift gearbox (DSG) transmission, a long-standing issue for Volkswagen, was causing cars to speed up or slow down during driving.

Volkswagen, which plans to almost double production capacity in China to 4 million cars in the next five years, promised action in response to the show, News24 reports,

The television show has named and shamed a number of prominent Western companies in the past, hitting the sales and stocks of its targets in a retail market that is forecast to be the world's largest in three years.

Last year the show singled out fast food giant McDonald's and French hypermarket chain Carrefour SA for food safety violations, the report said.


First Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:04
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