The noxgate issue has become very real for local car buyers after Volkswagen Group Australia this morning issued a statement announcing that all sales of models fitted with 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre EA189 diesel engines have been suspended:
“Volkswagen Group Australia (VGA) met with the relevant government authorities yesterday to advise them of its strategy in Australia to address concerns that have been raised around the world regarding the diesel emissions issue.
“In its first step, effective immediately VGA has temporarily suspended the sale of affected vehicles fitted with 1.6 or 2.0-litre EA189 diesel engines. The suspension will remain until the emission issues are addressed in those vehicles.
“VGA will make further announcements next week.”
If you already own a vehicle with one of these diesel engines it remains safe to drive.
Other Volkswagen Group models fitted with different diesel engines do not feature the controversial defeat device, designed to cheat emissions tests, and remain unaffected.
It’s understood there are over 1000 affected vehicles in holding yards around the country. A list of suspended models is shown below:
- A4 2.0 TDI
- A5 2.0 TDI
- Q5 2.0 TDI
- Passat CC
This list may not be exhaustive, if you have concerns please check with the relevant manufacturer using the numbers below:
- Audi: 1800 502 834
- Skoda: 1800 607 540
- Volkswagen: 1800 607 822
[Source: motoring.com.au | Thanks to John for the tip]