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>> Germany's car makers have agreed to update software in over 5 million diesel powered cars. That in a bid to reduce inner city pollution, but avoid a complete ban on the vehicles. The decision was made as ministers and manufacturers held crisis talks in Berlin on Wednesday. The government said these updates will cut the nitrogen oxide emissions of the affected cars by 30% by the end of 2018.
But environmental groups say this solution is inadequate, labeling it a grandiose failure. The country's automotive industry has been seriously tarnished since Volkswagen admitted cheating emissions tests in 2015. The government then came under fire for not doing enough to crackdown on vehicle pollution, and for being too close to powerful car makers.
It's now desperate to show it's taking action, but still determined to avoid a complete ban. That would only anger the drivers of 15 million diesel vehicles, and damage an industry that's the country's biggest exporter, and provides about 800,000 jobs. July so diesel car sales fall in Germany 12.7% as buyers worry about potential driving restrictions.