Volkswagen has issued a stop-sale in the U.S. for cars with its 2.0-liter diesel engines. The decision comes days after the EPA accused the automaker of using software to purposely circumvent federal emisssions standards.
"We confirm that we implemented a stop-sale for all the vehicles equipped with the 4-cylinder 2.0 TDI engine, both new vehicles and Certified Pre Owned," a Volkswagen spokesman said in an emailed statement this morning. That means that VW has halted sales for 2015 and 2016 model-year diesel Golfs, Jettas, Passats, and Beetles, as well as used versions of these models. Audi has also issued a stop-sale for its only model with the engine in question, the A3 TDI.
On Sunday, Volkswagen said in a statement that it has launched an external investigation into the emissions issue. The automaker says it will fully cooperate with authorities.
"I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public," Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said in the statement.
Volkswagen may end up facing severe financial penalties for evading clean air standards. The per-car fine for each violation is $35,500, and considering there are about 482,000 Volkswagen diesel cars in the U.S., the penalties could run as high as $17 billion.
Source: Volkswagen, The Wall Street Journal