Demand for VW TDI Vehicles Strong Despite Diesel Scandal

Demand for VW TDI Vehicles Strong Despite Diesel Scandal

With the vehicles now fixed and supply limited, demand for vehicles affected by Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal is proving to be strong.

Volkswagen was unable to sell the vehicles with its “Generation 3” 2.0-liter diesel engines until it introduced a software fix to bring vehicles within compliance of U.S. emissions laws. It did just that in January of this year and now those vehicles are beginning to hit the market. One might think VW dealerships would be offering the vehicles for a steal, but in reality, they are going for their original MSRP.

In some cases, even lightly used 2015 model year TDIs are being resold for close to or at their original sticker price. One sales manager of a VW dealership in California told Car And Driver that they haven’t had a TDI make it through prep and cleaning and displayed on a lot – they’ve all been sold before that.

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Demand for the cars is certainly being fuelled by VW’s earlier admonition that it will probably halt diesel sales in the United States going forward, and a lack of stock is compounding the effects of this. With plenty of consumers looking to buy a fixed car with the third-generation engine and only a limited number available, it’s easy to see why a used 2015 TDI is going for its original sticker.

The good news is that relief is on the horizon. As dealers begin to fix the affected cars and more vehicles become eligible for sale, stock will begin to even with demand and prices should lower. For now, though, VW’s once illegal TDI remains a hot commodity.

[Source: Car And Driver]

  • Felix

    I’ll be buying mine.

  • Jamal

    VW should be let off the hook, now that Trump has tossed out Paris.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    People just don’t learn.

  • Marek Wojciech Ługowski Lugows

    This only goes to show that people want to be able to buy TDI in mk8.

  • tunafacialistic

    Indeed the VW group profited greatly, albeit illegally…and is only beginning to acknowledge, let alone atone for their culture of sin. This woozy knocked down once great prize fighter, over the hill, roused from his stupor with the smelling salts to take to his feet one more time…but is he finished? He doesn’t know…LMAO!!!
    The real “people” of the people’s car…they know.
    The people have had it with corporations pollution “products” fucking over the planet. VW group just doesn’t seem to get that and therein lies their demise…

  • Bama Bill

    My 1988 Rabbit diesel got 55 mpg in winter in Ontario, with snow usually on the road. On a trip to Florida I got 65 mpg, and was running 65 mph. That was with a 4 speed. My daughters 89 Jetta TDI got 57 mpg from Ont. to Columbus, Ohio in winter, with only 5,000 miles on it. So what the “L” have they done to make the new ones be rated at 37 MPG? Use almost twice as much fuel and pollute less? NO WAY!
    Why don’t they build a pickup? I loved them!

  • Kewntavious_Jayboon

    Considering that this was mainly political poo flinging and not an actual problem (unlike issues with GM and Ford that actually kill people), all I can say is Duh! Of course demand will be high! There are zero non diesel equivalents!

  • Troverman

    What they’ve “done” is make the newer cars considerably heavier, safer, and much better performing. Of course this negates fuel economy. I drove a 2011 Golf TDI with a 6-speed manual for 50 miles, along ideal 50mph roads, and it returned 48mpg without babying it. Very impressed.

  • Troverman

    Not very well thought out statement, Tuna. VW was producing vehicles which people actually enjoyed driving (unlike a Prius, for example)…that returned some of the best mpg on the planet. Even exceeded the EPA’s numbers. Regardless of NOx emissions, think about all the pollution saved because less oil was being extracted from the Earth, transported, refined, transported again, and then burned in higher consumption vehicles. Most people lose sight of the forest through the trees. The media made a big deal about this because for some reason liberals want to kill diesel…despite its obvious benefits.

  • Troverman

    Of course they do! These were great cars.