No Volkswagen Diesels for Canada in 2017

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Volkswagen Canada says it will not sell diesel models for the 2017 model year, a decision media relations manager Thomas Tetzlaff said is directly related to the emissions scandal that has plagued the company for the last 14 months.

The VW Canada statement follows VW USA’s announcement that the company will no longer sell diesel engines at all, according to a Reuters news report. While Tetzlaff’s statement at least leaves open the possibility diesel will return to VW’s lineup north of the 49th, it nonetheless makes no promises. And given the close ties between the Canadian and U.S. auto markets, there’s a distinct reality that no U.S. diesels will mean none for anywhere in North America.

While Canadians will certainly see evidence of the push into SUVs, crossovers and electric vehicle VW hopes will propel it forward in the US, Tetzlaff said VW would look at the Canadian diesel situation on a model-by-model basis. To us, that sounds like there’s more soul-searching in VW’s future as it considers whether it’s worth trying to repair the damage the scandal caused its reputation, or better to simply focus its North American operations on popular SUV and crossover segments and the emerging market for electrified vehicles.

With the compact Jetta and Golf out of the diesel picture here, Chevrolet’s Cruze has North America’s entry-level diesel car market to itself, and the scandal has also taken VW (not to mention Porsche and Audi) out of the lucrative diesel SUV race.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.
  • Daniel Libich

    While top VW executives would be discussing the future of the company after the emissions scandal seriously damaged the company’s reputation as the company could go after the booming north American SUV and crossover market while a diesel wasn’t even in the picture as its available in other markets worldwide. While the golf and jetta continue to be available but without the TDI as the cruze has the north American entry level diesel car market to its self.

  • Vito C

    People in North America, especially in Canadaaaa! is brainwashed and too retarded to understand all politics behind diesel cars….

  • Kimbell

    When will VW start buying Diesels already on the Road in Canada? They keep telling me ,”No decision has been made”….they bought them in the U.S. Why not Canada?

  • Anne D

    I bet you voted for Trump. Didn’t you? Your lack of writing skills reflects your lack of education.

  • accretiondisc

    CO2 is not the issue with diesel, it is unburned or incompletely burned high molecular weight petroleum products, NO2, ozone, and other pollutants.

  • accretiondisc

    More uneducated people voted for Hillary, actually.

  • Pohl Pot

    I own one too and tried many type of driving in the 4 years ownership and the best mileage ever achieved was 5.8 l/100 km, my mean is 6.5 l/ 100 km, the extra cost of a Tdi is not worth it. If it was really doing the 4,6 l/110 advertised maybe but the real numbers don’t add up to the extra cost. I,m really tired of hearing people boasting about the mileage achievement, because this is my fourth Tdi and sorry it is really a very expensive car to maintain on the road.

  • Pohl Pot

    Where are the numbers and the sources, a Cracker Jack box or Readers Digest Selection?

  • Pohl Pot

    If it so much damaged?? Europe profits are excellent. with all the Diesel mess they still did quite fine in 2016, and 2017 will be even better.

  • Pierre Raymond

    I hope that you are aware that whites in the US amount about 223 million so 72 % of the total population, African American 38 million 13%, and mixed other races for 9%….

  • Pohl Pot

    You mean educated, because you misspelled.