VW, Audi in Canada Halting Sales of TDI Cars Following US Inquiry
Volkswagen in Canada will suspend sales of its Volkswagen Passat, Golf, Jetta, Beetle and Audi A3 cars after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the engines in those cars had an illegal device that “cheated” emissions tests.
“We will work with our colleagues at Volkswagen of America as well as our parent company in Germany to resolve this matter in the most timely fashion,” Volkswagen Canada spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff said in a statement.
Audi Canada has also issued a stop-sale of the Audi A3 TDI, stated Audi Canada spokesman Cort Nielson. No details were available regarding Audi’s plan for continued availability of the A3 TDI.
VW hasn’t announced a timeline for fixing its cars and resuming sales. Over the weekend, VW’s CEO Martin Winterkorn apologized for the scandal.
As we’ve detailed before, Volkswagen wasn’t struggling north of the border as mightily as they are in America. VW Canada’s sales volume wasn’t as large as America’s, but its foothold was proportionately better.
The news gets worse: VW may take a hit from slowed U.S. and Canadian sales, government penalties, record stock drops (and potential investor lawsuits stemming from the losses) and potentially one of the most expensive recalls in history.
VW is probably not the only auto maker turning off Emissions. I can see FCA scrambling to check on their emission standards. think they are second inline for diesel sales.
This saves a lot of Canadians from making the terrible mistake of buying a VW.
Had a chat with VW Canada and Transport Canada at lunch to learn a bit more. VW Canada of course confirmed the stop sale. It will surprise no one that went no further than saying they are cooperating with the federal agencies. The call centrer never left the official message the higher ups got him to recite. No big surprise there. Transport Canada's lack of teeth did dissapoint. Apparently, in Canada, we have nowhere near the law the Americans have when it comes to forcing recalls. TIL. It would have to be something in the likes of wheels falling off a model that would justify a recall campaign forced by the federal. The agent was actually aware of the high failure rate on VW emissions sensor. Emissions problem beyond odd colored smoke just isn't in the priorities. Sounds they might slap VW with a few thousand dollars per car, but it's nothing like the US potential fine. Whether VWAG or VW Canada pays is not defined. Personally, I worry how much EGR VW/EPA/CEAA will want to run in the future. VW's are already VW's when it comes to reliability. What in the world are they going to have to do to make the car meet the standard with a recall fix? If the emissions fix costs relialibity (what's left anyway) and long term life, I'm no longer interested. I don't need more risks than I live with already.
Halting sales is the most stupid thing they could do right now. With all them Tea Party, Coal Rollers and Trump followers around, now is the best time ever to sell them cars like hotcakes in Murrica. Just change the ads to something like: VW - dirtier than evaaah!