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.
More than 170 drivers have been caught violating a partial ban on diesel cars in Hamburg. The city was the first in Germany to impose such a measure in a bid to curb air pollution. Now Stuttgart wants to follow suit.
Southern Germany's automotive capital will become the second major city in Germany to impose a partial diesel driving ban. It is another blow to diesel makers and owners after the turmoil of Dieselgate.
Ebbing interest in diesel-engine vehicles and more public holidays caused car sales in Germany to decline in May compared to a year earlier. But experts said the domestic car market remains in good shape overall.
On a bright May day, the northern city of Hamburg became the first in Germany to enact a diesel ban. But the city's residents are less than bowled over by the new arrangement, which has significant limitations.
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