It has just emerged that Volkswagen is planning to discontinue selling diesel vehicles in America, in the wake of the “Dieselgate” scandal.
German manufacturer Volkswagen is trying to decide whether to continue selling diesel cars in the USA following last year’s scandal and the introduction of stricter regulations.
The brand is still recovering from the scandal that shocked the industry and cost the brand billions. It’s uncertain what the future holds for the brand; however, it’s clear that Volkswagen is seriously considering a new approach.
With an electric range on the way, the brand seems to be moving towards a more environmentally-friendly future. Its first electric car will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, with a number of similar models on the way.
Whether the brand will focus entirely on alternative powertrain or continue down the same route that it has been going remains unclear.
Following the “Dieselgate” scandal regulations across the globe became much stricter. More focus is being placed on diesel emissions, which is great for the environment but difficult for carmakers.
Numerous manufacturers are having to re-evaluate their cars in order to come up with a solution that works for everyone.
Volkswagen is at the forefront of the movement, as it has experienced the most backlash following its admission to cheating official diesel emission tests.
The brand has been around for a very long time, so it may find it difficult to complete reinvent itself. Whilst it’s certainly trying, we haven’t seen what it’s capable just yet, when it comes to alternative powertrains.
Although the future looks quite bleak for the brand, it’s really trying to gain its customers’ trust back, so perhaps in a few years things will go back to normal.
Of course, it’s going to take a lot of effort and persuasion on Volkswagen’s part if it wants to regain its status. The brand still has many fans across the globe, so perhaps all hope isn’t lost after all.
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