Motoring reports that Volkswagen Australia boss Michael Bartsch insisted the decision was nothing to do with Dieselgate, saying: “Any decision about dropping diesel here is not driven by the emissions issue; it is an issue of what we can get out of Germany.”
Bartsch instead claimed that the move was intended to simplify Volkswagen's line-up, although the introduction of WLTP has added fuel to the fire. Volkswagen, which is facing demand issues with the engines amid WLTP, could reintroduce the engines later, but hasn't speculated when this may be.
In addition to the diesel lineup tweaks, Volkswagen will no longer offer Australian buyers the 110 TSI petrol engine in the Golf and Tiguan.
Diesel engines were previously dropped from the Passat, while the Jetta was discontinued in right-hand drive form and the petrol-only Arteon replaced the CC, which had been offered with a diesel powertrain.
Aside from commercial vehicles, the Tiguan Allspace and new Touareg SUVs will be the only diesel Volkswagens available in Australia.
Sales of diesel vehicles Down Under have been increasing in recent years, claims Motoring, with oil-burners accounting for 22.2% of the national parc in 2017.