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Germany 'has vital interest in saving diesel engine industry'

It still emits far less carbon dioxide than other engine technologies, says Merkel's chief of staff

Diesel, once the symbol of German auto-engineering prowess, has been blackened by Volkswagen's emissions scandal. While the technology offers more power and emits about 15 per cent less carbon dioxide than equivalent petrol engines, it produces more nitrogen oxide.


CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel's chief of staff said Germany has a "vital interest" in ensuring diesel engines survive, defending the embattled technology as the industry comes under fire for cheating on emissions tests.

Excessive pollution from diesel, as well as traditionally...

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