Volkswagen to Exit Diesel Business in U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 23 November 2016
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IMGP5908Volkswagen does not plan to offer diesel-powered cars and SUVs in the United States going forward, the embattled automaker said.

“We are working under the assumption that we will no longer offer diesel vehicles in the United States,” the company’s head of brand management, Herbert Diess, told the German newspaper Handelsblatt.

The automaker will focus on SUVs and electric vehicles going forward, Diess said.

Diesels were a major part of VW’s sales in the United States, totaling as much as 25% of total sales in recent years, and 80% of the U.S. diesel market until the Dieselgate scandal broke in 2015.

Last week VW showed off the new Atlas SUV, built expressly for the U.S. market, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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