Figures released today by Volkswagen have revealed that the shamed car giant posted a €80 billion sales revenue and shifted over 6 million vehicles in 2017. These results show a continued recovery since the group was rocked by the “diesel gate” emissions scandal that threatened sink the once aspirational brand.
This represents an increase of over 4% both in revenue and vehicles out the door.
Interestingly the figures also reveal that the “Special effects from the diesel crisis” cost VW a mere €2.8 billion in 2017 compared to €5.2 billion in 2016. We can only speculate that VW’s hardening approach to the thousands of drivers who are suffering at the hands of the EA189 emissions fix is helping its own operating profits at the experience of their once loyal UK customer base. Not great reading if you’re one of the many drivers stuck with a broken VW Group car.
As further details emerge proving that the emissions fix has in fact increased emissions and reduced fuel consumption we continue to wonder why the limp UK government fails to take VW to task over it’s “
misleading conservative” emissions figures. If the reports are correct, the UK treasury could be owed a small fortune in emissions taxes let alone the environmental impact the cars have caused over the years.
Despite the rallying call against VW by many media outlets ,the government continues to let VW get away with murder. With diesel sales tumbling and the world in awe of a seemingly never ending “EV concept press release” frenzy, the “historical” actions of the VWs deceit is being eclipsed by this shiny new green car era.
So what’s next? As EVs continue to flood the market and the Ea189 drifting into the past, will affected owners ever be compensated? We very much doubt so. With just so much as stake – jobs, taxes and exports in these troubled times we expect the scandal to be slowly forgotten about by both the government and media whilst owners pick up the pieces.
Shame on you VW. Shame. On. You.
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