Maybe the word “Volkswagen” translates to “problems” in German.
News broke in September of the company’s intentional deception regarding the emissions of its diesel engines. October sales were relatively flat, and dealers felt confident that they could weather the storm with VW’s support.
November, however, told a different story.
Volkswagen sales in the United States collapsed by 25 percent last month. Dealers had hoped that things would improve, Autoweek says,
But as Volkswagen drifts into a third month of a seemingly unbound scandal, that tone is changing and dealer frustrations are bubbling to the surface. The absence of a ready-to-go fix, plus continuing inventory shortages and the prospect of more new-car sales pain, is stirring angst and even anger in VW’s dealer network.
Falling sales are only part of the scandal’s continuing consequences.