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VW Group has decided to stop, for now, the sales in the US of all VW, Porsche and Audi V6 diesel models after recent disclosures regarding VW’s 3,0 litre engines revealed other software irregularities.

Porsche has announced yesterday that it will stop the US sales of its Cayenne Diesel model after the Environmental Protection Agency issued a second notice of violation of the Clean Air Act. Now, VW Group has decided that all Audi, Porsche and VW diesel powered cars to be putted on hold. On Monday, the EPA has extended the investigation of the emissions scandal including the V6 diesel engines from the VW’s luxury division Porsche and some models from Audi. Porsche said it made the decision voluntarily and that they also “are working intensively to resolve this matter as soon as possible and customers may continue to operate their vehicles normally”.

The EPA’s disclosure means another 10,000 cars added to the 11 million vehicles long list. The targeted models are the 2014 VW Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5, all powered by the 3,0 V6 diesel. This engine, apparently, is also fitted with a device that is able to trick emissions controls and, as a consequence, the amount of nitrogen oxide emitted could be up to nine times EPA’s standard. Previously, only cars fitted with the 2,0 litre diesel were involved in the automaker’s emissions scandal in the US, but EPA initiated testing of all 2015 and 2016 light duty diesel models available in the US using updated testing procedures. It is likely that more news will follow in this direction.

Via Automotive News Europe