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VW sales drop for the first time in eleven years following the emissions scandal

Monday, January 11th 2016 - 13:45 UTC
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VW has promised it will have a fix in the coming weeks for the millions of US cars with defeat devices that disguised emission levels in diesel cars. VW has promised it will have a fix in the coming weeks for the millions of US cars with defeat devices that disguised emission levels in diesel cars.
“We will bring a package together which satisfies our customers first and foremost and then also the regulators,” said CEO Herbert Diess. “We will bring a package together which satisfies our customers first and foremost and then also the regulators,” said CEO Herbert Diess.

German carmaker Volkswagen has posted its first drop in VW brand sales in 11 years as the company continues to cope with its emissions scandal. Sales of VW brand cars fell 4.8% in 2015 to 5.82 million cars from 6.12 million a year earlier. Falling demand in China and US added to the losses as orders fell in December.

 VW has promised it will have a fix in the coming weeks for the millions of US cars with defeat devices that disguised emission levels in diesel cars.

Sales began declining after the scandal came to light in September. Deliveries fell 5.3% in October, 2.4% in November and 7.9% in December compared with those months the previous year.

The underperformance at VW's largest division by sales and revenue pulled down annual group deliveries by 2% to 9.93 million cars, the first drop in 13 years, VW said. However, speaking this last week, Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess said he was “optimistic” the company would find a solution soon.

“We will bring a package together which satisfies our customers first and foremost and then also the regulators,” said Diess.

Regulators appear been less confident. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which uncovered the scandal, said that VW had not yet “not produced an acceptable way forward”. The company will meet US regulators in Washington this week to discuss its plan.

A week ago, the US Justice Department filed a lawsuit against VW for the use of the emissions devices, which involve computer software that can detect when cars are being tested.

The Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said on Friday that the company was not cooperating with the investigation. Volkswagen has been withholding corporate emails between executive related to the emissions scandal, using German law as the basis for the refusal.

“I find it frustrating that, despite public statements professing cooperation and an expressed desire to resolve the various investigations that it faces following its calculated deception, Volkswagen is, in fact, resisting cooperation by citing German law,” Jepsen said in a statement.

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  • ChrisR

    I find it hilarious that the yanks still don't understand the difference between the BMW (rear wheel drive) and VW (front wheel drive) when it comes to single axle rolling road testing.

    Money grabbing off a successful FOREIGN company.

    Jan 11th, 2016 - 05:47 pm 0
  • yankeeboy

    Rumors are they're going to have a 50B fine.
    Which will bankrupt them

    Remember where you heard that Germany is doomed 1st.
    Its just the begining of the dominos falling....

    Jan 11th, 2016 - 06:19 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2 yankeeboy
    “Rumors are they're going to have a 50B fine.”

    Shades of carpet bagging again ala the oil spill off Texas where everybody with a rowing boat claimed loss of earnings and 'god knows what'.

    What actual harm can be shown to a court, even an American one, when there are so many trucks running on mechanical oil injection polluting the air for everyone to see for themselves, that you don't need test gear for that?

    VW cars have state of the art diesel injection engines, the injectors of which fire several times per 'injection band' to ensure full combustion of the oil and the minimisation of particulates (which is the real 'killer') whereas California concentrate on NOX!

    They need to get real FFS.

    Jan 12th, 2016 - 02:13 pm 0
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