If you have had your eye on a diesel Volkswagen, you’ll want to run out and grab one quickly before it’s too late. Stringent emissions standards in the U.S. have forced Volkswagen to ditch its diesel passenger cars in that market. That means no more diesel models of the Golf, Jetta or Beetle in the 2007 model year. New American standards for the emission of nitrogen oxide are among the toughest in the world. Volkswagen is unable or unwilling to redesign to meet the new standards in time, though there is reportedly a new diesel Jetta that will meet the standards which will be available in 2008. In the meantime, the company intends to stockpile cars from the 2006 model year, which are unaffected by the new standards, to meet some of the robust demand.
There is one loophole for people dying to get their hands on a diesel VW. The diesel Touareg is unaffected by the changes because it is classified as a truck, so you will still be able to buy them in 2007.