VW Group CEO: Dieselgate Has Delayed Entry Of New Models To The United States

Mar 08, 2017 08:00 AM EST | JP Olvido

Customers in the United States may have to wait longer than usual to get hold of new Volkswagen vehicle models. This is due to the fairly recent emissions scandal which has been dubbed 'Dieselgate' that the German car manufacturer got embroiled in.

New VW vehicle models to the US delayed due to Dieselgate. United States customers will have to wait longer for new vehicle models from the VW Group to arrive this year. Certification for the company's new vehicle models is taking a lot longer than usual according to VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller.

Speaking at a company event in Geneva earlier this year, Mueller said that "they are very much against us." One specific vehicle model, the new Porsche Panamera, is expected to enter the United States three months longer than it normally would.

This delay is just one of a few but big problems that the German car manufacturer is currently facing. Volkswagen has recently agreed to pay a huge US$4.3 billion in penalties directly related to Dieselgate scandal.

In other related news, the VW Group unveiled three new models at this year's Geneva Auto Show. Stealing the show for the car manufacturer is the svelte top-of-the-line Arteon model which is considered to replace the CC. The VW Group also unveiled the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo and the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

The company also showcased its fully autonomous vehicle at the yearly auto trade show. This is one of, hopefully, many attempts by the Volkswagen Group to bounce back from the emissions scandal that gripped the world.

The 4-passenger self-driving vehicle from the company is called the Sedric. The company claims it to be a level 5 self-driving vehicle capable of full autonomy which can be used in ride-sharing fleets and for individuals. According to CEO Mueller, it will be the basis of similar future models that the company plans to release.

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