VW Just Lost $26.4 Billion. Here’s What All That Money Could Buy You

VW Just Lost $26.4 Billion. Here’s What All That Money Could Buy You

Volkswagen lost a lot of money in the two days following the announcement that its diesel engines aren’t as clean as advertised.

As investors reacted to news of Volkswagen cheating on EPA emissions tests with its diesel engines, the German automaker’s stocks started to plummet. After opening with a market value of €77-billion, VW saw that number tumble to €53.3-billion in just two days. That means the company’s market value has dropped US$26.4-billion. It’s hard to grasp how huge of an amount that is, so to help contextualize, we’re taking a look at what all that money can buy you.

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31,240 Porsche 918 Spyders

Limited to 918 units, the hybrid supercar has a starting price of $845,000, so there aren’t even enough 918s to buy with all that money. You’d have to buy each one twice, and then some!


59,800 Lamborghini Aventador Roadsters


11,000 Bugatti Veyron Super Sports


1.2 million Volkswagen Golf TDIs

But maybe you’re frugal and don’t care that the Volkswagen Golf TDI actually emits a lot more emissions than stated. In that case, you could load up for the zombie apocalypse with more than 1.2 million of them.


227,780 Audi R8s


136,430 Bentley Continental GTs


174,700 Porsche 911 Turbos


18 Buckingham Palaces

If cars don’t interest you, the Buckingham Palace was valued at nearly £1-billion ($1.5-billion) in 2008, meaning you could purchase almost 18 of them. Or you can buy however many you need so that you can comfortably park your thousands of cars. And then hire the Queen as your personal chauffeur. 


10 Cebaco Islands in Panama, Central America

Taking a look at Private Islands Online, the most expensive island you can purchase is Cebaco Island in Panama, Central America running you a cool $25-million for 3,706 acres of land. That means you could purchase at least 10 of those.

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  • smartacus

    you can also buy 8 Oprah Winfreys with that kind of moolah!!
    Gotta start recouping those losses… switch all NAFTA production to China / India / Russia

  • mchan1

    All that money could’ve been used by VW to:
    1. Improve the overall quality of its cars
    2. Create its own hybrid and/or EV cars

    Instead, greed and deceit got the better of the company!

  • What about an infinite number of Can-Am Spyders!

  • J.R.

    You are so mean….

  • thomas edison

    1000 islands, not 10.