Ever more stringent emissions legislation means that VW is considering no longer selling diesels in America
Jimi Beckwith
14 September 2016

Volkswagen may not sell diesel cars in the USA again, in the wake of the emissions scandal and amid stricter emissions legislation.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Hinrich Woebcken, head of Volkswagen’s American outfit, hinted that the automotive giant is undecided as to whether to bring diesels back to the American market.

The move makes sense, as Woebcken said the US's ever stricter emissions standards make it difficult for diesel car makers to meet legal requirements, which correlates with Volkswagen’s renewed enthusiasm for hybrid models and electric vehicles since the scandal broke.

Volkswagen has been on the wrong end of particularly strong reaction from various American factions, with numerous lawsuits from legislators, as well as its own dealer network.

It has also agreed to compensate USA-based VW owners, in a compensation and buy-back package, which it has refused to offer to customers elsewhere in the world, prompting criticism from numerous European groups, government and otherwise.

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VW’s share of the American market for the year to August fell to 1.8%; down by 0.3% compared with the same period in 2015, according to the Wall Street Journal. It will look at returning to the diesel car market in America on a product by product basis.

A Volkswagen spokesman was unavailable for comment at the time of publishing.

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14 September 2016
... no one will buy them anyway.

Wide cars in a world of narrow.

14 September 2016
can they do the same here please.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

14 September 2016
What and put up C02 emissions ? No, we WANT diesels here, we just want em to meet stricter CO and particulate regulations, regulations they should have met (and could have met) at least 10 years ago. Theres NOTHING wrong with diesels, there is only something wrong with the EU emissions standards which are strict on petrol but not strict on diesel, the problem is not the diesel engine, its the slack emissions regs.

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14 September 2016
Makes you wonder if they are not as good engines as JLR ,Merc and BMW from experience the 1.6 and 2 litres are like a tractor can't wait to get rid just waiting for the class lawsuit.

14 September 2016
Ridiculous - VW was the reason why diesels were growing in the US. Their attitude seems to be "we cant do it without cheating so we wont bother, yet none of the other German manufacturers have problems meeting the strict US emissions regs (which should be enforced in Europe too).

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14 September 2016
[quote=typos1]Ridiculous - VW was the reason why diesels were growing in the US. Their attitude seems to be "we cant do it without cheating so we wont bother, yet none of the other German manufacturers have problems meeting the strict US emissions regs ...quote]
Emmm just saw an interesting fact. Guess how many Diesel cars were sold in USA in January 15000,4000 nope 225 (WSJ). None of the other German manufacturers had problems meeting emissions but I bet they wish they'd hadn't have bothered at all

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

14 September 2016
There's huge anti-VW sentiment in America, it's just not a sensible business plan for them to try to sell diesels there - a few thousand diesel Touaregs, not directly affected by the cheat software, have been on stop-sale for a year much to the annoyance of those who want to buy them regardless.

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14 September 2016
Ruperts Trooper wrote:

There's huge anti-VW sentiment in America, it's just not a sensible business plan for them to try to sell diesels there - a few thousand diesel ....

VW would prefer to sell higher-margin Audis, so losing a few thousand Passat sales but gaining A6 sales would suit them fine, irrespective of the engine type. If they want a lower cost brand, Skoda (Kodiaq, Superb) are waiting in the wings. Federalization is probably not a big deal, although they'd maybe bring in Chinese manufactured versions to save costs...

14 September 2016
Shocking! Not! Most Volkswagen diesel models are banned from sale in the US. In fact it was Americans decision to ban the sale of new Volkswagen diesel models that made them confess to the fraud they had been denying for years. Europe needs to take strict action to bring this culprit to justice.

15 September 2016
The Uk Gov have been very slow to trackle VW Audi head on imagine if it were the other way round JLR in Germany found cheating.They would be treated like the USA treated BP.anyway I think the whole Image of Auid and VW is tarnished and would not buy with my cheque book.Only a cheap deal on pcp if they carry on subsidizing themto get rid.Notice dyou can get about 10 to 255 discount off their Audi cars on the net like Q7 and A6.

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