The Latest: Dutch VW dealers halt sale of diesel cars

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Posted: Sep 28, 2015 3:43 PM
The Latest: Dutch VW dealers halt sale of diesel cars

BERLIN (AP) — The latest developments on the Volkswagen emissions scandal. All times local.

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9:40 p.m.

Dutch Volkswagen dealers are halting the sale of diesel cars that may be affected by the German automaker's emissions-rigging scandal.

Pon, the Dutch importer of Volkswagens, Audis, SEATs and Skodas, says in a statement that the temporary sales halt applies to 4,100 cars that its dealers still have in stock.

The company said Monday the decision comes "in anticipation of full clarity from the manufacturer Volkswagen AG about a solution to the problems with these engines."

Pon says the cars affected all have "Euro 5 diesel engines of the type EA189."

Volkswagen said last week that 11 million vehicles worldwide contain software involved in the emissions-rigging scandal, and later added that 5 million of those were cars were produced by its core VW brand. The group hasn't yet given a full listing of what cars were involved.

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7:45 p.m.

Czech carmaker Skoda Auto, which belongs to Volkswagen AG, says 1.2 million of its vehicles had the engine that manipulated emissions data.

Skoda Auto spokesman Jozef Balaz told Czech public television on Monday that Volkswagen plans to recall all those cars and will cover the cost.

Volkswagen previously said 11 million vehicles worldwide contain software involved in the emissions-rigging scandal.

The company has set aside $7.3 billion to pay for the scandal.

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3:40 p.m.

A presentation about the car industry by former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn in Hungary has been canceled.

The cancellation was confirmed Monday — when German prosecutors said they were investigating Winterkorn over VW's emissions-rigging scandal — by the Hungarian subsidiary of Audi, majority-owned by Volkswagen.

Winterkorn was scheduled to hold a presentation titled "The future of the car? - Challenges and solutions from Volkswagen's perspective" on Wednesday at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

The university's website says Winterkorn has been its honorary professor since 2003 and has been holding presentations there for years.

The Hungarian subsidiary of Audi makes cars and engines for Audi AG and other Volkswagen companies like Seat at its plant in the city of Gyor, northwest Hungary.

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12:55 p.m.

German prosecutors have opened an investigation against former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn in the company's emissions-rigging scandal.

Prosecutors in Braunschweig said Monday that the investigation would concentrate on the suspicion of fraud committed through the sale of vehicles with manipulated emissions data.

It added that the probe aims to establish who was responsible. Prosecutors have received a number of criminal complaints in the case, including one from Volkswagen itself that doesn't name any suspects.

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12:15 p.m.

Volkswagen AG's upmarket Audi brand says 2.1 million of its vehicles are among those with the engines affected by the emissions-rigging scandal.

Audi said Monday that the engine in question was built into 1.6-liter and 2-liter turbo diesel models in the A1, A3, A4, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 ranges, news agency dpa reported. The cars involved have engines in the "euro 5" emissions category; those with the newer "euro 6" engines aren't affected by the emissions scandal.

Volkswagen said last week that 11 million vehicles worldwide contain software involved in the emissions-rigging scandal, and later added that 5 million of those were cars were produced by its core VW brand. The group hasn't yet given a full listing of what cars were involved.

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11:00 a.m.

A European environmental organization says it has found some new models of Mercedes, Volkswagens, BMWs and other new cars consume much more gasoline than lab tests claim.

The organization, Transport & Environment, said Monday it had found no proof the cars are equipped with the same sort of "defeat devices" installed on diesel-powered Volkswagens to enable them to cheat on emissions tests.

But the group called on European Union governments to broaden their probes into the "defeat devices" to cover gasoline cars as well.

Transport & Environment said according to its research, the gap between lab test results for fuel economy and real-world performance rose last year to 40 percent on average, from 8 percent in 2001.

It said the difference for Mercedes A, C and E class models is over 50 percent.