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Volkswagen to buy back diesel vehicles if Germany imposes ban

A German court ruled in February that cities can ban the most polluting diesel vehicles from their streets.


Volkswagen to buy back diesel vehicles if Germany imposes ban
He also rejected calls for the government to offer financial incentives to get more clean-burning diesel cars on the road and bring down emissions in heavily polluted cities. (Image credit: Wikipedia)

German carmaker Volkswagen said it would offer buyers of new diesel vehicles to buy back their cars if German cities put diesel bans in place, in a bid to battle a slump in demand for diesel.

A German court ruled in February that cities can ban the most polluting diesel vehicles from their streets.

Earlier, Germany must do all it can to avert driving bans for diesel cars, the country's new finance minister said in an interview published on Thursday, urging cities and local communities to boost investments in charging stations for electric cars.

In an interview with the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain, Olaf Scholz expressed scepticism that changes in taxation - for instance, scrapping tax breaks for diesel as a fuel - would speed moves by the car industry to introduce cleaner cars.

He also rejected calls for the government to offer financial incentives to get more clean-burning diesel cars on the road and bring down emissions in heavily polluted cities.

"It is the task of the industry to develop vehicles that meet existing and future rules for clean air," Scholz told the newspaper group, adding: "We must talk seriously about how we can get more electric cars or expand public transportation."

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