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Volkswagen has halted the sales of its diesel vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” in Europe, according to a report by Reuters. While a similar move has been implemented in the US, the percentage of diesel cars sold there are a lot smaller compared to Europe – only around 20% of VW cars sold in the US this year are diesels. In Europe, however, diesels are understood to make up half of the overall vehicle fleet.

As mentioned in earlier reports, vehicles equipped with the EA189 2.0 litre EU5-compliant engines are confirmed to be the only ones affected – the 1.6 and 2.0 litre EA288 diesel engines could be involved as well but no solid evidence has been put forward yet. The move to halt the sales of diesel cars will see a “limited number” of Volkswagen models pulled from the showroom floor in Europe.

Automotive News Europe had earlier reported that Volkswagen is set to issue a recall for around 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe. The recall comes in the wake of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority’s (KBA) decision to reject proposals made by the German carmaker for voluntary repairs.

As a result, the recalled vehicles will be “now be upgraded and then put up for sale.” Volkswagen has yet to announce to the public the details of its methods to rectify the issue – it will also be required to present said methods to the relevant authorities by mid-November 2015. The recall is expected to swing into motion in January 2016. More complex hardware-related fixes will commence in September 2016.