The Up! has been souped up as a GTI version. With a one-liter 85kW engine it makes the dash from to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds. A sound actuator ensures a sumptuous sound inside the car - which helps to drown out the rattle of the 3-cylinder engine.
Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has announced that German car manufacturers have agreed to retrofit older diesel vehicles at their own cost. BMW, however, has refused to go along with the plan.
Toyota has picked the region of Silesia in southern Poland as the site for a new car factory. As Europe turns its back on diesel cars, the rush is on for electric and hybrid cars and Poland wants to be in on the action.
Volkswagen has seen net profits for the third quarter of 2018 more than double from the same period last year. The figures suggest that VW is pulling itself out of crisis following its emissions-cheating scandal.
First the disclaimer: No, I don't drive a diesel-powered car. But I do understand motorists who are fed up with the diesel scandal after three years of political roiling, says DW's Sabine Kinkartz.
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