One of the most commonly asked questions I’ve heard on the lot in the past few months has been, “So, when will they (VW) be bringing diesel back?”
Now, my crystal ball has never worked really well, however, consider the following; as was widely reported as part of their $14.7 billion dollar settlement, VW has agreed to pay $2.7 billion for environmental cleanup, and $2 billion dollars to promote zero emissions vehicles. Couple that with a report on April 28th, 2017 in electrek.co, where it is reported that the automaker has committed to spend $10 billion dollars on research and development of electric vehicles over the next 5 years. With that kind of commitment, even if made under duress, my own prediction is that diesel is not going to be shown a lot of love.
In 1892 Rudolph Diesel invented the compression engine that bears his name. 125 years later there have been many, many improvements, but just like the horse and carriage, at a certain point, something better came along. There are still people making the argument about horses being better than cars - and years from now there will probably be those making the same kinds of arguments about the internal combustion engine versus electric or hybrid or fuel cell - or whatever we end up with.
In the mean time, we can sell the modified pre-owned TDI diesels, and it’s possible that a new diesel could come back, but I doubt it. There is no denying that there is something very enjoyable about taking your old horse out for a ride, but you don’t have to do anything more than a web search for “electric car performance” to see that change is happening - and most of it, (including the VW ID Buzz) looks really fun.