Now Hot on Car Lots: VW Diesels?

After scandal, Volkswagen is hawking those it has left, then they’re gone
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2017 8:03 AM CDT
Now Hot on Car Lots: VW Diesels?
A Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

When the feds busted Volkswagen’s emissions scandal in 2015 and told it to stop selling affected cars, the automaker had about 11,000 on US car lots. Now, as the Detroit Free Press reports, those vehicles are something of an unlikely hot commodity. With its emissions fix in place, Volkswagen is now unloading those modified “new” 2015 models—and they’re the last diesels VW will sell in the US, as it pivots to electric vehicles. " We had phones ringing off the hook,” says a sales manager in Troy, Mich. "People love their diesels. I did the only fair thing and sold them on a first-come, first-served basis.” Dealers are also benefitting from steep incentives. But as VW moves out of the diesel market, other automakers are looking to get in. " There is demand for diesels,” says an analyst. "Chevrolet and Mazda have the opportunity to capture some of VW’s buyers. It’s wise of them to test the market." (More Volkswagen stories.)

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