Due to their heavy dependency on traditional engine technology, the German car industry risks falling behind in the race for less polluting modes of driving, says former Daimler executive Thomas Sattelberger.
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.
Here it is again, the VW diesel crisis. Even if the German auto giant appears reformed and wants to look ahead, the legal processing in its Dieselgate scandal is only at a starting stage, says DW’s Henrik Böhme.
© 2017 Deutsche Welle |
Legal notice |
| Mobile version