FALSE ADVERTISING: A screengrab from a Volkswagen commercial for its TDI Clean Diesel engine. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating whether VW's advertising claims amount to a fraud. Image: AP / YouTube
Frankfurt - Volkswagen has stopped the sale within the European Union of new cars that contain software the can cheat diesel emissions tests, a spokesman for Europe's biggest automaker said on Wednesday.
The move affects a limited number of diesel cars with Euro 5 engines (EA 189) held at dealerships that will now be upgraded and then put up for sale, he added.
German magazine Automobilwoche earlier reported the sales stoppage.
Volkswagen said last week it would recall 8.5 million vehicles in the European Union which could contain banned software that allows them to know when they are being tested and temporarily reduce toxic emissions.