CHATTANOOGA — Volkswagen will give its dealers first rights to acquire hundreds of thousands of repaired diesel vehicles returned through their stores under recalls stemming from the company's diesel emissions scandal, brand leaders said here last week.
Hinrich Woebcken, head of the VW's North America region, said the company is awaiting approval from regulators allowing the earliest recalled VW turbodiesels to be resold to consumers. Regulators have approved the fix, but have not given the green light to return them to dealers to repair and resell.
When that approval comes, Woebcken said, VW will slowly release the vehicles, giving its 652 U.S. dealers a "right of first refusal" to buy the specific vehicles returned through their dealerships.
And VW dealers, he added, are excited to get the once-popular cars.
"There is, of course, a community of customers who would like to take a look at these cars, once they fulfill the regulations, and that's why we are pretty optimistic that we will have a successful remarketing of those cars," Woebcken said.
When regulators give the go-ahead to resell the cars, Woebcken said, VW will return the cars to market in a manner "to make sure that the residual values of those cars remain stable." He said the brand will "find a smart way to dose it in the right way through different channels into the market."