The first week of this year's Detroit Auto Show was overshadowed by bad news for European and American carmakers. Some saw their share values plunge.
German car makers "gambled away" public trust by manipulating emissions values in their diesel cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a Dortmund campaign speech. She added that honesty is part of the economy.
A pre-election poll suggests Germans have fallen out of love with their diesel cars, and the politicians who let "dieselgate" unfold right under their noses. "Made in Germany" no longer means what it once did.
A Volkswagen (VW) manager, currently jailed in connection with the German automaker's emissions scandal in the United States, has pleaded guilty in a Detroit courtroom, hoping for lesser punishment.
After German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz called for a Europe-wide quota for electric cars, the debate among German politicians, the EU and carmakers has picked up steam. In China, such a quota already exists.
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