German regulators, long criticized for having a too-cozy relationship with the German auto industry, have decided that Volkswagen—which had proposed a voluntary recall of its emissions-cheating diesel vehicles—will face a mandatory one instead.
In a press release, Volkswagen said it “welcomed the swift decision by the [Federal Motor Transport Authority].” Uh, right. The German government’s decision has implications for the rest of Europe, as VW has announced that it is recalling not just the 2.4 million diesel cars in Germany, but a total of 8.5 million throughout Europe. The recall covers Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, and Škoda brands.
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