VW And Daimler Will Pay To Get Diesels Retrofitted In Germany

Both Volkswagen and Daimler have agreed to offer hardware retrofits to clean up older diesel vehicles at their own cost, spending up to 3,000 euros ($3,430) per vehicle.

This decision is in direct response to more and more German cities agreeing to ban older diesels. In fact, during a recent talk between Germany’s Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer and automakers, a court ruled that Cologne and Bonn will also have to impose diesel bans.

While VW and Daimler have already agreed to spend money in order to help reduce diesel emissions via retrofitting, rival BMW is refusing to do the same, according to Scheuer. Still, all three automakers are committed to spending up to 3,000 euros for various measures, including trade-in incentives, reports Automotive News Europe.

Such incentives are aimed at convincing customers to buy newer and cleaner vehicles with lower emissions, which in turn wouldn’t be affected by any driving bans.

“Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW will make sure their customers can remain mobile,” stated Scheuer, while also urging the likes of Fiat and PSA to do the same.

As for the recent diesel ban in Cologne, it refers to certain parts of the city and is said to commence next April.

“It will cause disruption for the transport infrastructure of the city of Cologne and have a significant impact on residents, commuters and the whole of Cologne,” said state environment minister, Ursula Heinen-Esser.

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  • Da Only Skid

    Wasn’t Europe on the forefront of diesels? Everything diesel. Made the US car buyers jealous because of the low rpm torque. Now they are being banned because of NOx? Better option may be to make fuel prices cheaper. Don’t know current rates but when a litre of petro cost $3 USD there seems to be an issue. If all you provide consumers with is dirty fuel at cheap prices what does one think will happen. Europe brought this on themselves. No pity for anyone.

    • Chris Kay

      Yes your right the Europe and the EU in particular are a bunch of Commies and do what they like and every one has to shut up and put up.

      The rulers can fly and smoke up our skies all over the World in the name of fact finding missions, go anywhere they like at any time in gas guzzling limousines at our expense while they expect Joe public to stay at home or go to work on over crowded buses and trains, most of which are diesels.

  • MarketAndChurch

    They’re probably getting some kind of tax break for it.

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