The results of the “diesel summit” are an interim solution at best.
In view of the current negative sentiment towards diesel engines, diesel cars will stand a
chance in the medium to long term only if the auto industry credibly
demonstrates that it can keep emissions below the legal thresholds in real
driving situations and in (almost) all weather conditions. If carmakers do not
succeed in this endeavour, customers will increasingly turn away from diesel
cars, as they fear excessive residual value losses or stricter regulation.
The German auto industry is used to praise and success. Now, however, it is
fiercely criticised from numerous sides: the media, politicians, consumer
protection organisations, customers, NGOs and other stakeholder groups. The
damage to its reputation and credibility stems from the diesel scandal and more
recent allegations that German car producers had made illegal cartel-like
agreements, for example on certain vehicle specifications. In addition, the
relations between the auto industry on the one hand and politicians and public
authorities on the other are thought to have become uncomfortably close over
From the vantage point of the critics, the close connections nurtured the
recent scandals or even caused them in the first place.