US: Volkswagen sales plunge 25% amid emissions scandal

Over the second full month of sales since the beginning of the cheating scandal, VW’s US deliveries took a big hit with a 25 percent downfall. Volkswagen’s sales have not been severely affected by the scandal so far, even more the US deliveries recorded a slight increase in October, with a 3,5 percent rise for The Passenger Cars division. But as the emissions scandal deepens, the brand’s market position starts to shake. Therefore, over the second full month of sales since the beginning of the cheating scandal, the carmaker has just announced its US sales dropped 25 percent to 23,882 cars in November, last month being the second-lowest one this year. It also was the sharpest monthly decline for Volkswagen since the start of the Great Recession. According to the company, the November sales results reflect the impact of the recent stop-sale for all 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI vehicles as well as for the 3.0L V6. The voluntary stop-sales were issued in light of notices received by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding emissions compliance. “Volkswagen is working tirelessly on an approved remedy for the affected TDI vehicles. During this time, we would like to thank our dealers and customers for their continued patience and loyalty,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America. Diesels accounted for 5,462 of the 31,725 VW vehicles sold in November 2014, according to VW of America. After adjusting for the loss of diesels, deliveries of all other VW models fell by 2,381 units from November 2014, or 9 percent. VW’s highest-volume cars were among the hardest hit, with Jetta compact sedan sales falling 23 percent and Passat midsize sedan deliveries dropping 60 percent. Via Automotive News