Volkswagen’s emissions scandal may have killed diesel-fueled cars in the U.S. forever.
Prior to September of 2015, cars with diesel engines were on the rise in the United States. Long popular in Europe, the fuel was on the verge of overcoming the stigma of its dirty past and even rivaled hybrid technology as a clean, efficient alternative to gasoline.
Volkswagen led that charge with its Clean Diesel marketing campaign and its promise of efficient, environmentally friendly sedans and SUVs.
Then it all came crashing down when the story broke that VW had cheated on emissions tests and the engines were, in fact, heavy polluters.
The fallout of the scandal is still ongoing and VW hasn’t sold a new diesel automobile in the States in over nine months. The company may not sell one here ever again.