2013 hasn't got off to a good start for German automakers. Daimler and VW have both seen dramatic slumps in profits.
The US-China trade row has seen carmakers worrying about their exports to the world's second-largest economy. German auto manufacturers are particularly concerned and suggest removing industry tariffs completely.
The threat of steeper US tariffs on EU-assembled vehicles could lead a global trade war. German automakers, which produce more vehicles in the US than they export there, are in the Trump administration's crosshairs.
Public prosecutors have ordered the auto giant to pay for falsifying their vehicles' emissions test results. VW has said it "accepts responsibility" and will pay the fine without contesting it.
After Trump reiterated his anti-free trade rhetoric at the G7, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker hit back with a more traditional weaponry known as "the facts." German automakers eye proceedings nervously.
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