FRANKFURT: Volkswagen has stopped the sale of new cars that contain software the can cheat diesel emissions tests within the European Union, a spokesman for Europe’s biggest car-maker said on Wednesday.

The move affects a limited number of diesel cars with Euro 5 engines (EA 189) held at dealerships that will now be upgraded and then put up for sale, he added.

German magazine Automobilwoche earlier reported the sales stoppage.

Volkswagen said last week it would recall 8.5 million vehicles in the European Union which could contain banned software that allows them to know when they are being tested and temporarily reduce toxic emissions. Reuters

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