Ger­man gov­ern­ment set up diesel sum­mit with auto bosses

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - International Business -

THE Ger­man gov­ern­ment has in­vited lead­ing au­tomak­ers to a meet­ing next month to dis­cuss how to re­duce diesel emis­sions.

Trans­port Min­istry spokesman Se­bas­tian Hille said Wed­nes­day the CEOS of Volk­swa­gen, Audi, Porsche, Daim­ler, Ford’s Ger­man branch and Opel are in­vited for the Au­gust 2 meet­ing, along­side sev­eral min­is­ters and the gover­nors of those Ger­man states which are auto in­dus­try cen­ters or par­tic­u­larly af­fected by ni­tro­gen ox­ide emis­sions.

Diesels have been un­der a cloud since Volk­swa­gen ad­mit­ted nearly two years ago of equip­ping ve­hi­cles with il­le­gal soft­ware to pass emis­sions tests, but then ex­ceeded lim­its in ev­ery­day driv­ing. There have been calls for diesel bans in Ger­man cities to re­duce ex­ces­sive pol­lu­tion lev­els.

On Tues­day, Daim­ler said it will vol­un­tar­ily re­call 3 mil­lion Mercedes-benz cars to im­prove their emis­sions per­for­mance.

Hille wel­comed Daim­ler’s an­nounce­ment

A se­lec­tion of Old­timer Porsche is lined up in front of the Porsche Mu­seum in Stuttgart on May 11. Photo: EPA

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