Volkswagen Sales Plummet with “Dieselgate”
Volkswagen’s U.S. sales for November are down 24.7 percent compared to the same month last year as the automaker continues to struggle with the revelation that several of their diesel models were equipped with emissions test cheating software.
500,000 Vehicles Sold with Illegal Software
According to Wired, nearly half-a-million vehicles were sold with the illegal emissions test cheating software between 2008 and 2015 in the U.S. alone.
According to the EPA, the automaker was using an algorithm that could detect when a vehicle was being tested for emissions and would change the vehicle’s performance to meet federal standards accordingly. The EPA could fine Volkswagen as much as $18.2 billion for the violation.
Consumers have also begun voicing their discontent at the register as sales for the affected vehicles decline.
Many consumers who purchased Volkswagen’s TDI vehicles, which on average cost a few thousand dollars more than standard models, did so under the impression that the vehicles produced reduced emissions. However, data shows the TDI engines produce as much as 4,000 percent more emissions than that recorded by testing.
Vehicles Included in VW Emissions Scandal
- 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
- 2009-2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
- 2012-2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
- 2012-2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI
- 2010-2015 Audi A3 TDI
- 2010-2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
- 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI
- 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI
- 2009-2016 Volkswagen Touareg
- 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne
- 2014-2016 Audi A6 Quattro
- 2014-2016 Audi A7 Quattro
- 2014-2016 Audi A8
- 2014-2016 Audi A8L
- 2014-2016 Audi Q5
- 2009-2016 Audi Q7