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Volkswagen suspending sale of 4,000 vehicles in Britain

Volkswagen is suspending the sale of 4,000 vehicles in Britain in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal.

A VW spokesman said the suspension applies to models across the Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands.

It affects just three per cent of cars in stock and they are vehicles that have not been registered yet.

The vehicles contain the EA 189 engines which are fitted with software that was used to con emissions testers in the US.

He added that it was a measure taken in order to fix the software before they are sold.

A company spokesman said: "As a voluntary measure we have suspended the sale of unsold diesel vehicle stocks that have the EA 189 engines."

He added: "It is a temporary halt on sale until a technical fix is applied to the cars."

VW announced yesterday that more than 1.1 million vehicles in the UK are affected by the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal.



  1. Joel Hills

The industry fallout from the VW scandal

It is a big scandal for Volkswagen, who are facing billions of pounds of fines and compensation.

The share price has crashed again - a fall of 18% for a second day in a row. That's not unusual, that's almost unheard of.

It's not just VW that this is affecting, it is also hitting the share prices of many other car manufacturers.

That's because of the suspicion that the cars that we drive do not bear much resemblance to the cars that pass these really tough emissions tests.

There have been calls for investigations in Italy, in Germany and in South Korea.

The Climate Change Committee estimate that there's a gap between official and real world co2 emissions of 35%.

French minister calls for EU inquiry into VW scandal

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has called for an EU inquiry.

Mr Sapin said inquiries had to be conducted "at a European level".

We are a European market with European rules. It is these that have to be respected. It is these that have been violated in the United States.

– Mr Sapin told Europe 1 radio

However, a European Commission spokeswoman said it was "premature to comment on whether any specific immediate surveillance measures are also necessary in Europe".

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