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.
Owners of diesel cars in Austria will get free emissions-reducing software updates and will be offered incentives to buy cleaner cars. This is the result of a meeting between government officials and carmakers.
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.
Some German industry officials have lately been touting 'e-fuels,' synthetic liquid fuels that can be burned in diesel engines, as an alternative to an all-electric automotive future. Is this workable - or mere PR?
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.
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