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The German minister urges the motor industry to assume its "damn responsibility"

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt urged the automotive industry to take on his "damn responsibility" to regain credibility in the midst of the scandal Of diesel engines and suspicions of the existence of a cartel between the major manufacturers of the sector.

Berlin, 30 July (EFE) .- German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt urged the automotive industry to take on his "damn responsibility" to regain credibility, Amidst the scandal of diesel engines and suspicions of the existence of a cartel among the major manufacturers in the sector.

It is for manufacturers to "restore confidence and Correct the mistakes made, "said the minister to the Sunday newspaper Bild and the so-called" motor summit "convened by the Government of Angela Merkel with those responsible for Sector.

The meeting, which will be attended by Dobrindt and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, had been scheduled a few weeks ago, but the succession of information and new Suspicions about the industry has given it more prominence.

Recent reports from the weekly "Der Spiegel" pointing to a presumed cartel between Volkswagen (VW), BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Bosch have aggravated the general suspicion about the sector, the traditional engine of the German economy, underpinned by the export.

German Justice has also taken its share of The last sentence of the Administrative Court of Stuttgart (south) asking for a ban on diesel vehicles in

The ruling gave rise to a claim by the NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), which claimed such a ban from 2018 onwards, because it believed that the protection Of the health of the inhabitants is a priority on the rights of the owners of these cars.

Experts consider that the Stuttgart decision may set precedent for others German cities and increasing pressure on car manufacturers.

Diesel engines have been in question since the emissions manipulation scandal erupted in the consortium Volkswagen, revealed by the US authorities, followed by an incessant drip of information on other manufacturers.

"The reputation of 'made in Germany' cars is under threat To be tarnished and that is terrible, "admits Dobrindt, of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU), a sister party to the Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) led by Merkel.

"National Forum", will be attended by the two ministers mentioned, the heads of the aforementioned German companies and also of Opel and Ford, trade union representatives, of the Employers and experts.

The builders fear not only the impact on the citizen or the exports, but also that the sentence of Stuttgart becomes firm - is still pending any appeal -.

The issue has also reached the political establishment, during the primary campaign to the general election on 24 September and from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) -whose Minister Hendricks is part- has claimed the presence at the Merkel summit, officially on holiday until the beginning of August.

The Government has taken over these days A much more active position and last Thursday Dobrindt himself imposed on Porsche the call to review Cayenne vehicles, having detected illegal software for the control of the Emissions in that diesel model.

The manufacturer, a subsidiary of VW, reacted immediately and called workshops to 21,000 vehicles of that model.

European competition authorities Investigate the alleged cartel created by Der Spiegel in the 1990s to agree on technology, cost, Cleaning emissions from diesel vehicles.

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