- Title: VW, Daimler willing to pay for diesel retrofits, BMW not - German minister
- Date: 8th November 2018
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (NOVEMBER 8, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF GERMAN TRANSPORT MINISTER ANDREAS SCHEUER ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHER SCHEUER SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TRANSPORT MINISTER, ANDREAS SCHEUER, SAYING: "For the individual carmakers it means that BMW does not support a hardware retrofit while VW and Daimler are ready to do so." WIDE OF SCHEUER SPEAKING SCHEUER SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TRANSPORT MINISTER, ANDREAS SCHEUER, SAYING: "Right now, no one can say how expensive a retrofit for diesel cars will be because so far, there is no price tag on any hardware retrofit kits because none exist yet that can be authorised. What's also clear is that all German carmakers continue to be sceptical about the feasibility of hardware retrofits." PHOTOGRAPHERS CAMERA CREWS (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TRANSPORT MINISTER, ANDREAS SCHEUER, SAYING: "During my meeting I appealed to the carmaker's obligation. When I look at the image of Germany's leading industry and how it transformed in recent months then I have to be deeply concerned as a politician because we are talking about hundreds of thousands of jobs." SCHEUER LISTENING TO QUESTION (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TRANSPORT MINISTER, ANDREAS SCHEUER, SAYING: "I will also speak to the representatives of foreign carmakers in order to substantiate the whole thing. The German car industry has shown a strong willingness today." SCHEUER'S HANDS REPORTER'S NOTEPAD (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TRANSPORT MINISTER, ANDREAS SCHEUER, SAYING: "The participating German carmakers are convinced that with the measures already underway, such as the programme 'Clean Air,' the software updates, the trade-in incentives and programmes from local authorities, that the air quality can quickly be improved in the most affected cities."
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- Keywords: BMW Volkswagen VW Daimler emissions scandal hardware retrofit Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA00195N8I31
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- Story Text: German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said on Thursday (November 8) that Volkswagen and Daimler were prepared to offer hardware retrofits for older diesel vehicles at their own cost but BMW was refusing to do so.
Scheuer also said VW, Daimler and BMW wanted to press ahead with trade-in incentives.
He added that German carmakers were also prepared to spend up to 3,000 euros ($3,429.60) per vehicle and that could include hardware retrofits.
He also said he would speak to foreign carmakers and added that they should match the efforts of German carmakers on the diesel issue.
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