Despite sounding like a response to the Dieselgate scandal, Keogh insists the move is unrelated. As he explained to Automotive News, the decision was made six months ago and is the result of declining interest in diesel-powered sedans. Keogh went on to say “The marketplace speaks, we listen to the marketplace, and the marketplace told us 'Go with SUVs.’”
Audi and Volkswagen are still trying to get the United States Environmental Protection Agency to sign-off on the sale of models equipped with diesel engines but Keogh said that process didn't have any effect on the decision. The executive went on to suggest additional diesel-powered variants could be dropped in the future but noted a decision is unlikely to occur before the next-generation of Audi models is introduced.
As we have previously reported, the Audi A4 is offered with an assortment of diesel engines in Europe. Choices include a 2.0-liter TDI with outputs of 150 horsepower and 190 hp as well as a 3.0-liter TDI that develops 218 hp and 272 hp.
Source: Automotive News