Volkswagen Suspends Sales of Audi, VW Diesels Cited by EPA

VW’s Diesel Dupe Now Spreads Far and Wide
  • Notice includes diesel VW Touareg SUVs from 2013 to 2016
  • Audi models includes larger sedans and Q5 and Q7 SUVs

Volkswagen AG is voluntarily stopping the sale of some new and used Volkswagen brand and Audi diesels in North America as it works to resolve new allegations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The company told its dealers late last night to halt sales of used and new diesel Touareg sport utility vehicles from model year 2013 and later. Audi told its dealers to halt sales of new and used diesel versions of the A6, A7, A8 and A8L sedans as well as the Q5 and Q7 SUVs, spokesman Brad Stertz said in an interview.

The notices follow a decision Tuesday by Porsche’s North American division to voluntarily suspend sales of diesel-powered Cayenne sport utility vehicles from model years 2014 to 2016 until further notice. VW reiterated that the EPA notice was unexpected and that owners can operate their vehicles normally.

Volkswagen has rejected the EPA’s latest allegations that it cheated on diesel-emissions tests on 3.0-liter diesel engines used in some Porsche and other high-end vehicles. Software in the engines was not installed “in a forbidden manner,” and Volkswagen is cooperating with the EPA to clarify the matter, the Wolfsburg, Germany-based company said in a statement.

Volkswagen had previously admitted to installing a so-called defeat device in smaller autos from the 2009 to 2015 model years.

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