Volkswagen diesel-powered scandal hits York City resident


Until this week, York City resident Kevin Cysyk couldn't have been happier about his April purchase of a diesel-powered 2015 Volkswagen Passat.

"It's been the favorite car I've ever owned," he said, adding that he had spent a significant amount of time researching fuel-efficient vehicles because he travels "a couple hundred miles every day" for work.

Cysyk is now one of thousands of frustrated Volkswagen drivers after the German auto company admitted to rigging its diesel vehicles for the past six years to pass U.S. emissions tests. The scandal, which has led to the resignation of the company's CEO, has forced Volkswagen to halt further production and sales of affected models until a resolution is submitted.

Volkswagen dealers, meanwhile, are left sitting on hundreds of diesel cars they can't sell while also dealing with a flood of angry calls, emails and tweets from Volkswagen owners who felt betrayed because they believed they had bought a car that polluted less without sacrificing the good gas mileage and performance that comes with a diesel engine.

A manager at York Volkswagen, at 3475 E. Market St., where Cysyk bought his Passat for more than $30,000, declined to comment on the issue. Cysyk doesn't blame the dealership at all, he said, but rather the huge company, which he contended "willingly defrauded customers."

Cysyk's most immediate concern, he said, is whether his car will pass the emissions test that state requirements will force him to get in February. Other concerns include the steep decline in resale value and whether the eventual recall Volkswagen officials are discussing offering to customers will affect the vehicle's fuel economy.

He doesn't want to get involved in a class-action lawsuit, he said, but might consider it if he feels he's getting taken advantage of by the company.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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