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Carmakers agree to updates, rebates for Austrian diesel drivers

Europe
22.08.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Vienna (dpa) - Owners of diesel cars in Austria will get free emission-reducing software and will be offered financial incentives to buy cleaner new cars, international carmakers and the Austrian Transport Ministry agreed Tuesday.

The deal is similar to the one reached in Germany early in August between German manufacturers and the government in Berlin.

Austria‘s software upgrades will affect 600,000 cars, including 350,000 recalled Volkswagen vehicles that had used illegal emission-cheating software.

Other manufacturers who were not involved in Germany‘s diesel scandal are offering upgrades for an additional 250,000 diesel cars to cut nitrogen oxide by at least 25 per cent.

Austrian car owners will get incentives such as vouchers to get as many upgrades as possible, Austrian Transport Minister Joerg Leichtfried told reporters.

In addition, the car importers agreed to offer a premium to drivers who trade in their diesel car for a model that emits less exhaust gases.

Under the recent deal in Germany, owners who trade in their old diesel models can get benefits even if their new model is bigger and therefore emits more gases.

While the German agreement covers German carmakers Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW, as well as French-owned Opel, the Austrian deal also involves other French, Korean and Japanese manufacturers.

"We have improved the meagre results that were achieved in Germany and negotiated a better deal for Austria," Leichtfried said.

He acknowledged, however, that neither he nor German politicians had managed to convince carmakers to install emission-reducing hardware in old models.

 

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