If you walk into a US Volkswagen dealership today, it won’t come as a surprise that there aren’t any diesel vehicles in the showroom. We should all be familiar with the dieselgate scandal by now, but if you think the German automaker learned their lesson and will soon offer law abiding diesels, don’t get your hopes up.
Volkswagen’s North American CEO, Hinrich Woebcken, expressed that the company’s focus in the US will be on gas and electric vehicles moving forward, and not diesel, which are proving to be too difficult to produce within the strict US emissions guidelines.
Does Woebcken completely rule out the return of diesel? Not quite, but the future doesn’t look bright. He stated that the company will evaluate each vehicle on a “product by product and package by package” basis in the US, but there don’t appear to be any positive evaluations as of yet.
Volkswagen has enough headaches in the US and abroad to deal with, and right now the company would have a difficult time convincing anyone to buy one. The company is still in damage control mode, so if you want diesel, you’re going to have to look elsewhere.