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UAE temporarily bans China-made Volkswagen electric cars

The UAE Ministry of Economy has temporarily banned imported Volkswagen electric cars made in China.

According to the ministry, it will suspend the registration of China-made Volkswagen electric cars. Electric Volkswagen cars that have already been bought by customers and those that have been imported for re-export are exempted from the ban.

Volkswagen and dealership Al Nabooda Automobiles welcomed the decision, saying it ensures that cars sold in the UAE market have been properly tested.

The ban came after dozens of Volkswagen EVs were imported into the UAE through unofficial channels. Al Nabooda Automobiles is the only official dealership in the UAE.

According to Al Nabooda Automobiles, the imported Volkswagen EVs were not fully tested for use in the UAE or GCC and did not have international warranty.

“Subsequently all service and maintenance requirements cannot be undertaken by Al Nabooda Automobiles or any service facility approved by Volkswagen in UAE,” it said in a statement.

Last year, dozens of Volkswagen EV hatchbacks were reportedly sold in Dubai after these arrived in the UAE through private dealers. ICA/Expat Media

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