Switzerland bans sale of Volkswagen diesel cars – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ministers should "come clean" on when they were first told about the Volkswagen scandal, Labour's shadow transport secretary has saidVolkswagen scandal: the company has admitted installing cheating software to pass emssions tests  Photo: PA

The ban does not apply to cars now in production with “euro 6” engines, which are supposed to be able to meet the latest and toughest emissions standards set by the European Union.

Mr Rohrbach said the ban potentially could affect 180,000 vehicles that have 1.2-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines.

The move by Switzerland follows the astonishing discovery that VW, the world’s biggest car manufacturer, had been fitting cheating devices in the vehicle’s computer software to enable cars to pass tough emissions tests in the US. US investigators found that Volkswagen diesels were emitting up to 40 times more pollutants in testing in real conditions on the road than in official tests in laboratories.

The software tells a car when it is under an official test, triggering emissions control systems that do not seem to be operating under normal driving conditions.

The decision by the Swiss to ban VW Group cars from the road is the latest blow to VW’s fortunes. Its share price has tumbled since the scandal blew up a week ago.

It will also put pressure on other countries, with far bigger markets for VW, to follow suit. The US Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation while the UK has ordered the Vehicle Certification Agency to rerun lab tests on VWs and compare the results with “real-world” driving conditions.

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