Volkswagen's mea culpa for the dieselgate scandal means the company is focusing ondeveloping electric vehicles for the United States
but other brands in the Volkswagen Group aren't quite ready to go diesel free.
According toCar & Driver
, Volkswagen intends to keepdiesel engines out of the United States
but Audi and Porsche could eventually bring them back. Citing "high-ranking sources" within the VW Group, the magazine is reporting the two premium brands will likely move ahead with the 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine.
When asked for comment, Porsche declined to talk specifically about the U.S. market but pointed to a global statement which said the company "continues to believe in the diesel [engine] and will offer the technology where customers demand it.” Audi also seemed to praise the idea by saying “For us, the diesel is far from dead."
While Volkswagen will end up payingtens of billions of dollars for the dieselgate scandal
, company officials believe they can make their diesel engine compliant with U.S. regulations. This seems possible as regulators approved the company'sfix for the 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine
which was used in an assortment of different models from both Audi and Porsche.