What Happened To All The VW Diesel Buyback Cars?

Deiselgate, a scandal that took the automotive market by storm two years ago may have had the smoke settle, but whatever happened to all buyback cars? There have been pictures and the location of over 21,000 VW cars. It may be a small number compared to the half a million cars that were affected by the scandal, but the pictures speak for themselves.

The Victorville’s Southern California Logistics Airport has been pegged as new holding spot for the dirty cars. The rows of cars can be seen baking in the Southern California sun on Google Maps. The plane next to the lot is a good comparison to the massive amount of cars lined up.

According to VW, 340,000 owners opted in to return their cars, so where are the other 300,000 cars are sitting? Whether they will be dismantled for parts, fixed or resold, these cars parked en masse could become a destination as an eighth wonder of the world.

With the recent announcement of the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak pickup concept, is the brand reaching for anything they can at this point? In an American mid-size truck market that is as strong as ever been, is it even possible for a truck with the VW name to compete with the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and now the return of the Ford Ranger? Time will tell, but we don’t have high hopes for it to knock off the American trucks. What do you think? Tell us in the comments below!

Golfs, Beetles, Jettas, Passats Volkswagen cars and some Audi A3s are parked in a parking lot north of the Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Update: We had a Facebook follower, Calvin Sabrowski, let us know fo another lot in Colorado: Google Maps. Know of other spots? Let’s find them all.

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Steven Olsewski

Steven Olsewski grew up with a true passion for anything with a motor. He loves his wife and kids, and during the year can be found enjoying quality time together. They are a huge part of his life and their passion for God.
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