It's probably not terribly surprising considering the fallout from the Dieselgate scandal that broke a little over a year ago.
Any Canadians holding out hope that there might be a diesel vehicle or two in the 2017 Volkswagen lineup might want to sit down while we break this news to you - it's been confirmed the VW family will be diesel-less next year.
In an email reply to the Financial Post, company spokesperson Thomas Tetzlaff said "We will not offer a diesel in our cars for the 2017 model year. Beyond that, we will examine each carline individually."
It's probably not terribly surprising considering the fallout from the Dieselgate scandal that broke a little over a year ago. It was discovered that certain VW diesel models were equipped with a "cheat device" that made it possible for the vehicles to pass stringent emissions tests that they would have otherwise failed.
What's probably the most frustrating thing for Canadian owners of the affected vehicles is that there still hasn't been a decision made regarding possible compensation.
Since that time, Volkswagen has announced that it will be making a big push in the coming years for a wide range of electric vehicles. It showed off an EV concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show a few months back, and the e-Golf will be making its debut in Canada for the 2017 model year.
The automaker sold 70,344 vehicles in Canada in 2015. Year-to-date it has sold 52,755, which is down nearly 10,000 from the 61,2611 it moved by the end of October last year.
Some diesel models sold by VW in 2016 included the Golf, Golf SportWagon, Beetle, Passat, Jetta, and Touareg. The company stopped selling them after the Dieselgate fallout, which is another reason this latest decision is none too surprising.
What's probably the most frustrating thing for Canadian owners of the affected vehicles is that there still hasn't been a decision made regarding possible compensation. The company is dealing with compensation issues around the world, with both owners and dealers, so it could be several more months before a decision is made.
It looks like Volkswagen is being extremely cautious moving forward, hence it avoiding diesels altogether for now. Prospective VW customers would do well to focus on the current gasoline models, or keep an eye out for some cool-looking EVs in the future.
Source: Financial Post