In Germany, many consumers have been shocked by allegations of widespread emissions cheating. But in the United States, there is little awareness of events unfolding within Germany's car industry.
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.
The head of Environmental Action Germany has called the results from the country's recent diesel summit "Mickey Mouse policies." His consumer organization is going to court in an effort to enforce driving bans.
All participants at Berlin’s "Diesel Summit" agreed that a ban on diesel is to be avoided. Reclaiming trust, however, would be an important step, says DW's Dagmar Engel.
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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