The emissions scandal does not just affect VW top executives and EU authorities. It is also having a deep impact on Volkswagen employees. They worry about the car maker's reputation and their jobs.
A Volkswagen (VW) manager, currently jailed in connection with the German automaker's emissions scandal in the United States, has pleaded guilty in a Detroit courtroom, hoping for lesser punishment.
Two years of leaks about emissions cheating and pollution fears have damaged Germany's standing as the world leader in car production. But analysts think the scandal could have surprising positives for the industry.
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.
The premier of one of Germany's biggest states says he allowed Volkswagen to vet a 2015 speech about the automaker's emissions fraud. For nearly 60 years, VW has been given special status under the law in Lower Saxony.
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