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Gloom deepens in VW's home town, six months after 'Dieselgate'

Published Sun, Mar 20, 2016 · 09:50 PM

Wolfsberg, Germany

WHEN Martin Winterkorn dropped by to order some new glasses in the Volkswagen company town of Wolfsburg, he was "visibly dejected", according to his optician. But the visit wasn't last September, when Mr Winterkorn had just quit as the German carmaker's chief; it was this week.

Six months into the "Dieselgate" affair surrounding VW, the mood in Wolfsburg - where almost half the population works at its giant car factory or in related businesses - is as gloomy as Mr Winterkorn's, and shows little sign of recovering.

Volkswagen remains mired in the scandal over its rigging of US exhaust emissions tests, facing a barrage of lawsuits and grappling with a stalled German vehicle …

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