“The diesel is alive”
The diesel emissions scandal has not slowed sales of new diesel cars, reports Henrik Mortsiefer in Tagesspiegel. Sales of diesel cars actually reached a new record of 812,000 in the first half of 2016. Total German car sales rose seven percent to 1.73 million, according to a Handelsblatt report.
The carmakers’ association (VDA) said it expected total vehicle sales to increase to 3.3 million this year. German carmakers increased the number of employees by 15,600 within 12 months due to strong demand. They employed a total of 801,100 permanent staff in April, according to the report.