VW & Audi sell 100,000 diesel cars in the USA for the first timeSun, 29 Dec 2013
VW & Audi sell 100,000 diesel cars in the USA for the first time
Until very recently, a diesel engined car in the USA was as rare as hen’s teeth; Americans felt much the same as we used to about diesel-engined cars – fit only for commercial vehicles. But from a slow start, VW Group of America is gradually changing the mindset of American car buyers and now, 36 years after the first VW diesel was sold in the US, the VW Group have sold more than 100,000 diesel-engined cars in the USA in a year for the first time.
With 12 Audi and VW diesel models on offer in the States – including new arrivals Audi arrivals like the Audi Q5 TDI, A6 TDI, A7 TDI and A8 TDI models – its seems the USA may now be heading down the route the UK went a few years ago, where a majority of car buyers in the UK feel the default buy is a diesel.
Mark McNabb, VW’s COO in the US, said:
Selling more than 100,000 TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is a significant milestone for Volkswagen Group of America.
We’re excited to see the increasing numbers of customers able to enjoy the reliability, durability, fuel-efficiency and power of the clean diesel engine.
With economy averaging 30 per cent better than equivalent petrol-engined car, and refinement now comparable, it’s seems highly likely the coming years will see sales of diesel-engine cars in the US start to really fly.
By Cars UK