VW wants German style labour representation at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. The move is opposed by Tennessee republican Senator Bob Corker who blames unions for the crisis in the US automobile industry.
Volkswagen of America has said it will appeal a US Labor Department ruling allowing maintenance workers at a Tennessee plant to unionize. The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has criticized the move as a "stall tactic."
US President Donald Trump's threat to impose taxes on European cars has sent shivers through the German auto sector. Analysts and politicians warn that the move could backfire on the US car industry, and even help China.
Never before were more cars sold in a September in the European Union than this year. An eight-year long sales crisis resulting from the 2008 financial crisis in Europe has finally come to an end.
Can the diesel engine still be saved? The automotive industry is hopeful, unions are demanding it and environmental groups are against it. Politicians are looking for a common thread. Sabine Kinkartz from Berlin.
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