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Munich mayor says diesel deal might not avert auto ban

Munich mayor says diesel deal might not avert auto ban”

Since Volkswagen admitted to cheating US diesel emissions tests in September 2015, the German government has come under fire for not doing enough to crack down on vehicle pollution and for being too close to the country's powerful auto industry.

On Wednesday, politicians and top carmakers agreed at a crisis summit to overhaul engine software on 5.3 million diesel cars to try to fix the industry's battered reputation and avert potential bans in several cities.

BMW, Mercedes and VW will release software updates for Euro5 and Euro6 diesel cars that will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide between 25 percent and 30 percent.

Opposition lawmakers and environmental groups said the software fixes, promised at a "diesel summit" in Berlin, did not go far enough and said companies should have been forced to make more far-reaching hardware upgrades to improve the way their cars deal with emissions.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said the agreement was only a first step, warning that bans on diesel vehicles could not be ruled out and urging carmakers to focus more on consumers. They vowed to press ahead with legal action to push for bans.

Volkswagen (VW) says it will offer incentives to drivers of older diesel models of its five main passenger-car brands to switch to cleaner vehicles in a bid to cut pollution.

Reiter said Munich would examine the effectiveness of the measures agreed on Wednesday with its own air pollution tests.



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