Carmakers caught cheating on emissions tests have offered to install new software to reduce emissions. That's likely to lead to a 25% reduction in hamrful emissions. The really clean solution is far more expensive.
Despite a long public debate about environmental pollution caused by diesel-engined vehicles, German households and businesses have bought a record amount of diesel this year. Continued tax breaks played a major role.
The head of the world's biggest carmaker Volkswagen has issued an unprecedented call to end tax breaks for diesel fuel in Germany, saying the technology must make way for cleaner ways of driving.
Angela Merkel has pledged to unlock millions of euros in emergency funds to help clean up air quality in German cities. Authorities meeting at a "diesel summit" in Berlin are hoping to avoid a ban on diesel vehicles.
Car sales in the European Union enjoyed their strongest October in eight years, with new car sales up by almost six percent. But poor performance in Britain and Ireland is holding the bloc back.
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