Vehicle dealerships have been frantically selling off stock. Everything must go before April 1, when new emissions standards come into force. But they might end up sitting on more than $3bn in unsold wares.
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.
Some EU countries are discussing plans for gradually replacing diesel vehicles with more ecologically acceptable alternatives. Could their dumping of diesel give car salesmen in Bosnia-Herzegovina an unexpected boom?
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.
Britain plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040, as the government intends to act on air pollution. Environmental groups said the proposals did not go far enough.
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