Push to up­date diesel soft­ware


THE GER­MAN Trans­port Min­istry is in talks with car man­u­fac­tur­ers about up­dat­ing the en­gine man­age­ment soft­ware of up to 12 mil­lion diesel ve­hi­cles, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the talks said yes­ter­day. The cost of up­dat­ing cars could amount to as much as €1.5 billion to €2.5bn (R21.64bn to R36.07bn), and the min­istry is de­mand­ing that ve­hi­cles with en­gines con­form­ing to the euro-4, euro-5 and euro-6 stan­dards be part of the re­call, gov­ern­ment sources said. The Ger­man gov­ern­ment has de­manded that the car in­dus­try shoul­der the costs of the up­date. The min­istry is in talks with Ger­man car in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions VDA and VDIK as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal gov­ern­ments to try and cut ni­tro­gen ox­ide pol­lu­tion by about 25 per­cent, the sources said – Reuters

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