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08 Sep 2016

Daimler boss: Diesel scandal had no impact; effect of e-car premium limited

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The scandal about emissions from diesel cars has had no noticeable impact on diesel sales at Daimler, the head the German carmaker, Dieter Zetsche, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Eleven months after the VW case became public, the share of diesel cars sold by Mercedes has not decreased,” Zetsche said. When asked whether the scandal would pave the way for alternative drives, he said customers and lawmakers would ultimately decide. The government’s premium for buyers of e-cars had only a limited effect, Zetsche said. But the demand for electric vehicles was set to rise significantly over the coming years regardless of the debate about diesel.

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