After a series of scandals, is the German auto industry doomed? On the contrary! The sector is going strong. Germans love their cars – even at the cost of health and the environment.
In what is viewed as a major win for German consumers in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal rocking the nation’s mighty auto industry, the German parliament has passed legislation enabling class-action lawsuits.
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.
The German premium carmaker has moved rapidly to fill the gap left by chief executive Rupert Stadler, who was detained on Monday in connection with his role in Audi's emissions-cheating scandal in the US and Europe.
German carmakers like Volkswagen and Daimler have so far only admitted to things that can no longer be hidden from the public eye anyway. DW's Henrik Böhme says this will have to end badly.
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