Authorities in Switzerland have instated a sales ban on select diesel cars from the Volkswagen Group.

Authorities in Switzerland have instated a sales ban on select diesel cars from the Volkswagen Group.

 

Around 180,000 cars with Euro 5-compliant diesel engines are affected by this ban, not just from Volkswagen but also from the rest of the brands part of the group like Audi, Skoda and SEAT. The ban is not applied on cars that are already on the roads as it refers only to those that have not been sold or registered yet in the country. In addition, all newer VAG diesel cars that meet Euro 6 standards are not affected by the ban.

According to Thomas Rohrbach, spokesman for the Swiss federal office of roadways, the ban refers to VAG's 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI turbodiesel engines – all of which are equipped with the so-called "defeat device" developed with the sole purpose of cheating emissions tests.

 

Switzerland applies sales ban on select VAG diesel cars; affects around 180,000 cars