FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen AG said on Wednesday it had briefly stopped delivering its Touran minivans on Tuesday after the condensors in the cooling system of two vehicles caught fire. "We have tested it and established that there are some individual cases," a VW spokesman said.
"But deliveries got back to normal this morning," he added.
The defective condensors in two vehicles had caught fire after the engine was switched off for the first time in the plant in Wolfsburg. The spokesman said VW was on track with its target to sell 130,000 Tourans this year. It also expects to build 180,000 units of the Touran, unveiled in January, in 2003.
Europe's biggest carmaker, suffering from declining demand and unfavorable currency effects, is relying on the Touran to boost its sales at a time when its top-selling Golf and Passat models are losing sales momentum due to their age.
The Touran is made by previously unemployed, unskilled workers who were taken on under a program called "5000 X 5000" which uses flexible working hours to meet capacity requirements.