The EPA and California Air Resources Board have signaled the all clear for dealers to sell the new 2015 model VW diesels that have been sitting in inventory since the diesel scandal broke over a year and a half ago. Models for sale include 4-cylinder TDI versions of Beetle, Golf, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Audi A3. Older models have not yet been cleared for sale.
Early reports say dealers will make one modification before the cars are sold, then the buyers will be required to return the cars sometime next year for further modifications. All total, there are about 12,000 2015 model diesels that will be offered for sale. No word yet on what the future holds for older TDIs, or the 3.0-liter diesels.
One Car Pro dealer who did not want to be identified said that you will not be able to go in and pay cash for one of the 2015 models. You can do a 24-month lease and receive an $8500 rebate, or you can finance the vehicle through Volkswagen and get a $5000 rebate. Of course, if you are a cash buyer, nothing would prevent you from leasing or purchasing one of these vehicles, and immediately paying cash for the balance.
We do not know what will happen with the remaining used VWs that have been repurchased. I speculate the used 2015 4-cylinder models will end up being sold, but the rest may be scrapped. Only time will tell us.