Oil Crash: Audi, Volkswagen Discounting Old 3.0-liter TDI Models

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Volkswagen’s 3.0-liter diesel V6 isn’t returning to the U.S. anytime soon. After forking over roughly $25 billion in the wake of its diesel deception, the company’s not exactly enthused about getting back into the compression ignition game. But that doesn’t mean buyers aren’t.

Europhiles with a penchant for low-end torque can still get their hands on a diesel Volkswagen or Audi SUV that meets federal emissions standards. And, thanks to new discounts, they’ll stand to save some money.

Earlier this fall, after two years of waiting, VW Group received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for a 3.0-liter diesel fix. That meant newer VW Touareg and Audi Q7 models with the updated version of the oil-burning V6 could undergo repairs and return to owners’ driveways, or to the dealer sales lot.

Now, CarsDirect brings us news of a series of discounts offered on 2014-2016 models.

At VW, how much a buyers saves off MSRP depends on model year. For 2014 Touareg TDIs, of which few remain, the automaker is offering 25 percent off MSRP. For 2015 models, it’s a 20-percent discount. 2016 Touaregs that accumulated on dealer lots before VW issued a stop-sale order can now be had for 15 percent off MSRP. Going by current inventories, it’s a 2016 model you’re most likely to find. (Note: the discount does not factor in the vehicle’s destination charge.)

This spring, VW rolled out another raft of quiet discounts on repaired and compliant 2.0-liter diesel models that remained in dealer inventory.

At Audi, the brand’s 2015 Q7 TDI is marked down by 20 percent. There’s also a financing deal on offer (1.9 percent APR for 66 months or 2.49 percent for 72), with returning Audi customers handed a $1,000 bonus if they let Audi Financial handle the transaction.

VW’s 3.0-liter diesel also found a home in Porsche’s Cayenne, but there’s no word on whether that automaker plans to offer special pricing on unsold TDIs.

[Image: Volkswagen Group]

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  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Dec 05, 2017

    That discount is laughable. 1/2 off or no deal. Throw 'em up on eBay and see what happens.

  • S197GT S197GT on Dec 06, 2017

    and gm has been offering 20% off current model year vehicles a few times this year. vw is just weird. i can't make sense of that brand.

    • Brettc Brettc on Dec 06, 2017

      They still don't know WTH they're doing in/with the U.S. market, and I don't think they ever will. The new SUVs are a step forward for them along with the 6/72 warranty, but they'll never match Subaru's success here.

  • RobbyG $100k+...for a Jeep. Are they selling these in fantasy land?Twin turbo inline 6 paired to an 8-speed transmission. Yet still only gets 14mpg.Whatever money you think you would save over a V-8 will be spent 2-3x amount fixing these things when they blow up.
  • Alan Well the manufacturers are catching up with stocks. This means shortages of parts is reducing. Stocks are building around the world even Australia and last year had the most vehicles ever sold here.
  • Larry You neglected to mention that the 2024 Atlas has a US Government 5-Star Safety Rating.
  • Alan Why is it that Toyota and Nissan beat their large SUVs (Patrol/300 Series) with an ugly stick and say they are upmarket? Whilst they are beating the vehicles with an ugly stick they reduce the off road ability rather than improve it.As I've stated in previous comments you are far better off waiting for the Patrol to arrive than buy an overpriced vehicle.
  • Alan How many people do you see with a 4x4 running mud tyres? How many people do you see with a 4x4 running massive rims and low profile tyres? How many people have oversize mirrors for towing once in a blue moon? How many 4x4s do you see lifted? How many people care what tyres they run to save fuel? The most comfortable tyres are more or less the most economical.
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