Sales of diesel-powered new passenger cars have almost disappeared across the United States, following the diesel emissions scandal by Volkswagen, according to an automotive date provider in the U.S.

The automaker from Germany, which was the biggest seller of diesel-powered autos, started halting sales in the U.S. during September of last year, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it used programmed defeat devices in order to cheat on the diesel emissions tests.

Automakers in January reported overall selling less than 225 diesel powered passenger cars in comparison with 4,800 to 9,500 per month through the first 8 months of last year, according to data from

The diesel vehicle has been advertised as an alternative that is more fuel efficient to a gasoline-powered vehicle. However, automakers sold just 3,500 diesel cars last September in the U.S. and sales fell to below 800 in each of the following three months. The sales halt by Volkswagen across the U.S. cut the demand, but prices of gasoline and worries of diesel pollution played roles as well.

There were just 222 cars that were diesel powered sold during January in the United States, a steep decline from 4,448 sold during the same month one year ago.

U.S. sales in January were only a third of the December number sold of 631. Sales of diesel cards for 2015 reached a peak in May when more than 9,300 were recorded as sold.

Passenger vehicles that are diesel powered in the U.S. are mostly purchased for vans or trucks that are work related and have not been embraced as widely as they have in Europe for use in sedans.

Volkswagen has tried to provide the larger dealers more inventory, but the shift hurts the availability of cars that are gasoline powered for the smaller dealers.

The decline overall in sedans that are diesel powered was offset somewhat by demand for trucks until last month, when the volumes for both trucks and cars with a diesel engine dropped.