Volkswagen employs more than 50 % of the population of Wolfsburg. It even owns the city’s soccer club of the same name. So what happens when the company driving an entire city is hit by a scandal?
German media have reported that the German Football Association (DFB) might end its long partnership with premium carmaker Mercedes and switch to rival Volkswagen as the car sponsor for the national team.
The German car group is offering owners of older diesel cars rebates of up to 10,000 euros when they trade in their vehicle for a new lower-emissions car. VW subsidiaries Audi and Porsche have announced similar plans.
VW's emissions scandal plunged the automaker into its deepest crisis ever. It brought with it everlasting damage to VW's reputation and massive fees and penalties - not to mention compensation claims from car owners.
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