Volkswagen of America sales dropped 24.7 percent in November compared to the same month in 2014, the automaker announced today. The drop, from 31,725 to 23,882 cars, is the latest blow in the ongoing disaster that is VW’s diesel scandal.
“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,” VW says, referring to the two engines involved in the scandal.
VW sold nearly 500,000 vehicles with the illegal software in the United States between 2008 and September 2015, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of using an algorithm that detects when its diesel cars are being tested and changes their performance to meet emissions standards. VW could owe the EPA $18.2 billion in fines, to say nothing of the financial fallout from sales numbers this terrible.
This is the first clear sign of the undoubtedly serious damage VW will face in the US. (In October, sales actually rose .24 percent over 2014.) November sales of the Golf and Passat dropped by more than 60 percent, Beetle coupe sales fell nearly 50 percent. All three vehicles were previously available with the dastardly 2-liter TDI engine. Numbers for the Jetta SportWagen, which was available exclusively as a diesel, plummeted 99.9 percent, from 1,365 in November 2014 to just one this past month.
So who managed to buy one? And how good a deal did they get?