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Volkswagen Australia: Sales of diesel vehicles suspended

The suspen­sion will remain until the emissi­on issues are addres­sed in those vehicl­es

SYDNEY: Volkswagen AG said on Saturday it was suspending sales of some diesel vehicles in Australia that may have been fitted with devices designed to mask the level of emissions. The announcement came after Volkswagen Australia met with the Australian government and consumer authorities to discuss the automakers’ plans to deal with the issue. Almost two weeks after confirming 11 million vehicles around the world had been fitted with so called “defeat devices”, the German automaker and subsidiary Audi have not provided details of the models or where they have been sold.In its first step, effective immediately, the Volkswagen Group Australia has temporarily suspended the sale of affected vehicles fitted with 1.6 or 2.0-litre EA189 diesel engines, Volkswagen said in a statement. The suspension will remain until the emission issues are addressed in those vehicles.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2015.

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