Volkswagen says U.S. approves sale of modified diesel vehicles

FILE PHOTO - An American flag flies next to a Volkswagen car dealership in San Diego, California, U.S. on September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

(Reuters) - Volkswagen AG VOWG_p.DE said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved its request to sell up to 67,000 diesel vehicles from the 2015 model year, including about 12,000 currently in dealer inventory with approved emissions modifications.

The vehicles in inventory were held when the company issued a stop sale in September 2015, Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan told Reuters.

Ginivan said the company was finalizing details of the program.

The EPA approved a fix for about 70,000 Volkswagen diesel vehicles in January.

An EPA spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter.

Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Bhanu Pratap in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler and Gopakumar Warrier