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Diesel crisis : the Minister of transport Scheuer is upset

The German car market remains colorless. More than three-quarters of all new cars sold this year were grey/silver, black or white. After all, 17.7 percent of car buyers chose Red or Blue. "The automotive market at least a little bit colorful", it said on Thursday, in a communication of the car Federation VDA, which would not comment to the end of the year, Diesel or CO2 problems.

The assumed Federal transport Minister Andreas Scheuer in an interview with the German press Agency in person. "In 2019 must not retrofit, only the discussion of the Hardware to the result, but it must also be the year of confidence-retrofit for the German manufacturer," said the CSU politician. The car maker had "a hell of a lot right" and would have to win trust and Image among the customers.

VW expects further cost Billions

This is especially true for Volkswagen. More than three years after the detection of the exhaust gas manipulations, a the end of reprocessing is in sight. According to VW's chief financial officer, Frank Wittwer, the group had to spend this year, 5.5 billion Euro for penalties and other costs from the diesel fraud. "In the coming year, we expect a sum of about two billion euros, and in 2020 it should be around one billion euros," said Wittwer, the "Börsen-Zeitung". Thus, the cost of the Manipulation in the direction of 30 billion Euro is likely to move. Regardless of the VW scandal, the Diesel is so strong in the criticism, because he contributes in cities significantly to air pollution with nitrogen oxides. Therefore, the threaten in the coming years, on busy streets in various cities driving bans.

municipalities anticipate Chaos

The President of the Association of municipal enterprises (VKU), Michael Ebling, feared a patchwork of such prohibitions. It is a "shambles of the threat, given the differences in measures for cleaner air," said the mayor of the city of Mainz. In the respective municipalities, there are different ways and reactions. So diesel vehicles with the Euro 4 exhaust gas standard or worse from 1 in Stuttgart. January 2019 from the entire area of the city exiled, cars with local license plates from the 1. April. For Berlin, the administrative court has decided that to terminate by the summer of 2019 at least eleven sections of busy roads for the Diesel with the standards up to Euro 5. For eating a dish ordered from 1. July, in a driving zone of prohibition, for the first time, a busy highway.

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Scheuer wants no driving restrictions

Minister of transport Scheuer confirmed the attitude of the Federal government: "We are against bans, and to provide support, assistance, and support for the affected communities." This topic is for the future of urban mobility is vital, because through this discussion a lot of pressure was coming. He expect the municipalities, the measures in 2019, implemented, and new digital systems would be procured. "We have to pass funding bills in the amount of more than 480 million euros. The systems for improved mobility and clean air must now come to the fly.“

Ebling assessed against the course of the Federal government in the diesel question is critical: "I can't get rid of even after my participation at the third diesel summit with the German Chancellor the feeling that you sort of tried to follow and Execute of infringements around to wriggle." In Germany, cars that had been sold to consumers and not the thought, which had been promised by the manufacturers. "The automotive industry may seem to make errors, but they will not be held accountable. This is almost subversive, undermines the reliability of our constitutional state,“ said Ebling.

the Software-retrofitting hooks

The car manufacturer had promised the conversion of millions of diesel cars with a new exhaust-gas-Software. Until the end of the year to actually 5.3 million to the fight against driving bans be improved – according to data from mid-December, only 3.75 million vehicles, but so far, ready converted, as the transport Ministry informed. "I'm upset, that's saying something, what one has met," said Scheuer. The industry Association VDA had always referred to the considerable time and effort. (with dpa)

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