The importance of VoA's "clean diesels" is shrinking as the company is preparing for an electrified future.
Amid the Dieselgate saga, the Volkswagen Group has decided to put TDI-powered U.S. cars on the back burner, with Volkswagen of America's CEO Hinrich Woebcken saying “the high percentage of diesels that we had before will not come back again.” Turbodiesel engines are still on the agenda for 2017-2019 if these will get the stamp of approval from EPA, and the top brass at VoA is saying these will live on in cars where a diesel engine is suitable.
Prior to the discovery of VW’s TDI shenanigans, six of the eight nameplates available in U.S. had a diesel engine and accounted for more than 20 percent of the company’s total sales in United States. Sales of these diesel cars were halted in September last year, and a month later VoA withdrew its requests for EPA’s approval necessary to sell 2016MY diesels. A request for selling 2017MY TDI cars has not been made so far, but with Woebcken mentioning diesels will live on in America, it will likely happen soon.
VoA’s CEO reiterated the group’s plan for an electric onslaught based on the forthcoming MEB modular battery-electric platform due in 2020 when the first production cars will hit the road. In the “TOGETHER - Strategy 2025” detailed last month, VW CEO Matthias Müller revealed plans to introduce more than 30 pure EVs by 2025. Meanwhile, VW promises models powered by combustion engines will become cleaner, and to do that, the German automaker has plans to install particulate filters in gasoline units.