Volkswagen Has Begun Selling Diesel Cars In The US Again

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Volkswagen AG reopened sales of its diesel car models in the US last month, almost 2 years after being banned from doing so by US authorities due to allegations of fraud.

Notably, diesel models made up roughly 12% of Volkswagen AG’s total sales in the US during April, according to the company — which means that the diesel emissions cheating scandal doesn’t seem to have lessened demand for the company’s diesel cars in the US too much.

That matches my experience talking to many “average” people about the scandal in recent months … many people just shrug and say that it doesn’t matter.

Reuters provides more: “Volkswagen resumed sales of the new 2015 diesel vehicles in mid-April, spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said on Wednesday, after the automaker won approval for a fix earlier this year.

“Ginivan said that VW sold 3,196 diesel cars in the United States in April. Overall VW brand US sales rose 1.6% last month to 27,557, while industry-wide US sales fell 4.7% in April. Before the scandal, diesels accounted for about 25% of VW brand US sales. … Last month, VW of America Chief Executive Hinrich Woebcken reiterated at a meeting with reporters that the automaker had no plans to introduce new diesel models in the United States and would instead focus on offering more electric vehicles and new SUVs.”

I wonder how many years it’ll be before Volkswagen AG is selling more electric vehicles in the US than diesels? 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

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