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German diesel compromise will only buy time

Thursday, August 3, 2017


However, it failed to produce long-term solutions to a problem that not only affects the health of citizens and the rights of consumers, but also challenges the long-term national and global position of Germany's most vital industry.


  • More legislation and detailed implementation strategies of a new national mobility concept are likely to come after the September election.
  • Changes in road tax categories and the overhaul of government subsidies may incentivise the purchase of low-emission vehicles.
  • The delicate balance between EU emission targets, national regulation and municipal implementation will remain a political challenge.
  • Publicly coordinated (and possibly funded) scrap schemes for old diesel cars and investments in e-mobility are likely in the medium term.

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