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While supplies last! 'New' VW diesel sales are doing well, all things considered

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After receiving an EPA green light to clear out diesel models under a stop-sale order since September 2015, VW started selling thousands of new 2015 model year Beetle, Jetta, Passat and Golf TDI vehicles. April marked the first month of resumed sales, but in the case of TDI models, it truly will be a “while supplies last” moment for the automaker — VW has no plans to import more TDI models. Once a 2015 model year vehicle receives one part of the diesel fix (a second will follow later) and a new owner signs the paperwork, the number of new TDI models in dealer stocks shrinks permanently.

How have new TDI sales been going, given all the controversy of the past 21 months? In April alone, VW sold 3,196 TDI cars, Reuters reports, amounting to a 12 percent share of the 27,557 monthly total. That’s just about half the 25 percent share of sales TDI models enjoyed until September 2015.

A total of around 11,000 TDI models were placed under a stop-sale order in September 2015, and if the April rate of sales holds for the next few months, we can expect VW to run out of new TDIs in another two to three months. 

This will merely spell the end of “new” 2015 TDI vehicles; VW still plans to repair and resell vehicles it was mandated to purchase from owners. VW has repaired approximately 6,200 older diesels, according to Reuters, out of a total of 238,000 vehicles it has bought back thus far. It remains unknown just how many of the later, easier-to-repair vehicles VW will eventually fix and sell as used: Some older vehicles could hold enough residual value to receive the software and hardware upgrades (possibly a urea-based catalyst system) to bother with. VW will likely recycle these older vehicles.

But for now, if you’re still in the market for a brand-new VW diesel, we suspect there are some deals out there to be had.


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