Germany: Government demands transparency from car manufacturers ahead of diesel summit

Deputy Head of the German Press and Information Office, Ulrike Demmer, demanded «sincerity and transparency from the automobile industry» ahead of the so-called Diesel Summit at a press conference in Berlin, Monday. The summit is officially know as the National Diesel Forum; however, the German automobile industry is currently enduring a series of crises as part of the on-going emissions scandal... Еще. Up to 12 million German diesel-powered vehicles may be affected by the scandal which centres on alleged tampering during mandatory testing of emissions, with speculation of possible widescale recalls from manufacturers. Press Spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Sebastian Hille, said, «You cannot order a mandatory recall just because it suits you. The foundation for a mandatory recall, as we have seen in the past with the Porsche Cayenne or before that with Audi, is when something illegal can be proven.» Demmer also urged caution by reminding the press conference of the automobile industry's importance to the German economy. «The automobile industry has a strategic significance; it is important, it has to be strong and innovative but it must also be honest. And now it is about criticising what needs to be criticised, but doing so while bearing in mind that this is about an important strategic industry in Germany,» Dammer said.

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