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The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

VW scandal may spell the end for diesel cars

Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn on Tuesday promised a thorough investigation in the rigged emissions scandal. Developers of electrical and hybrid cars may be the winners of the affair in the long term, the conservative daily The Times speculates: "The crisis at VW, which faces fines of $18 billion in the United States alone for rigging diesel emissions tests, is an object lesson in the price of cheating. It is the worst corporate scandal in modern German history and one that could spell the end of diesel engines as a mass-produced commercial technology. ... This scandal may yet be seen as a turning point in automotive history. Hybrid and all-electric technologies, in which Apple and Google are poised to pounce, could be the beneficiaries."

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