Executives from Volkswagen and VW-owned Audi and Porsche had plenty of good news to share at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, which opened to the public on Friday.
VW earlier this year displaced Toyota as the world’s top automobile brand, while Porsche and Audi are on track to set sales records for 2015. Audi’s R8 supercar was featured prominently inAvengers: Age of Ultron, which grossed more than $450 million at the U.S. box office and is the No. 2 movie of 2015.
Then came this autumn’s diesel emissions scandal.
In September, Volkswagen admitted it had gamed the software controlling TDI diesel engines used in millions of cars so that the engines would comply with U.S. emissions standards while being tested but spew several times the allowed levels of nitrogen oxide when driven. The scandal spread to Porsche and Audi after testing revealed TDI engines used in several Audi models and Porsche’s popular Cayenne SUV were also affected. VW rescinded its No. 1 sales position to Toyota in October.