Thousands of VW and Audi cars stored in 'desert graveyard'

01 April, 2018, 12:20 | Author: Darnell Patrick
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Volkswagen is trying to reassure German customers anxious about the future of their diesel cars by telling them they can trade in their new diesel if it is banned from the road by cities trying to meet air pollution limits. And it's storing them all in 37 secure facilities around the country.

In addition to the pictured site in Victorville, other facilities include a disused suburban football stadium in Detroit and a former Minnesota paper mill.

According to the VW spokeswoman these vehicles aren't being stored here permanently and it is only a temporary arrangement.

German carmaker Volkswagen said it would offer to buy back diesel vehicles if German cities ban them and also extended incentives for potential buyers of diesel cars to battle a slump in demand. Not only are the diesel auto being stored, but they're also being maintained to make sure they remain a viable asset.

It appears that up until the end of 2017 VW had bought back 335,000 vehicles, scrapped 28,000 of them and resold 13,000. Once the US regulators approve appropriate emissions modifications, these cars may be returned to commerce or exported. The buy backs will continue through the end of 2019.


VW said the existing scrappage offer has taken some 120,000 old diesel vehicles off the road since it was introduced in August previous year, replacing them with greener versions that soon could also be deemed too dirty to be driven in Germanya.

It was sentenced in April last year to three years probation after pleading guilty to three felony counts, and paid $4.3bn (£3bn) in federal penalties.

By mid-February it had issued 437,273 letters offering almost $8bn (£5.7bn) in compensation and buybacks.

The company admitted in September 2015 that it had circumvented the emissions control system in the USA for diesel vehicles sold since 2009.

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