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Showdown in Germany Over Diesel’s Future as Scandal Drags On

Diesel's share of car sales has been dropping since VW crisis started

Sales of cars running on diesel fuel have been sputtering in Germany after nearly two years of constant crisis triggered by an emissions scandal at Volkswagen AG. At an emergency summit of industry executives and government leaders on Wednesday, carmakers agreed to upgrade more than 5 million cars with software patches, in a bid to salvage their diesel technology. They need diesel as a stop-gap until they can catch the likes of Tesla Inc. in electric cars, and the government has to worry about protecting 800,000 industry jobs in an election year.

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