Volkswagen is reportedly set to open its first new auto repair shops in the United States in a decade, but the brand’s plans for an international presence have been stymied by a regulatory crackdown on its operations.
VW has already announced plans to expand its operations in the U.S. and Europe, but its plans to open an outlet in Canada have been blocked by the U and UK governments.
VW’s U.K. and U.A.E. operations will open next month, while Canada is set to follow suit next year.
Vapor shop owners and enthusiasts, meanwhile, are rallying behind the VW brand in a bid to make a mark in the world of auto repair, with the company aiming to expand beyond the automotive industry.
“We have the right to our own opinion and our own brands,” says owner Chris Lea.
“I want to see VW do the right thing.”
For now, though, Lea says he’s sticking to his hobby.
Vape shops are a “small, niche, niche market,” he says.
The first one to open will be in Seattle, where VW plans to set up shop.
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