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Germany in talks with carmakers on upgrading diesel exhausts - spokeswoman

FILE PHOTO: A car passes a traffic sign banning diesel cars on the Stresemannstrasse in downtown Hamburg, Germany, November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

BERLIN (Reuters) - Talks between the German government and carmakers about updating exhaust emissions filtering systems on older diesel cars to avoid vehicle bans are ongoing, a transport ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The ministry last week released a document setting out guidelines for getting regulatory approval to install upgraded filtering systems, a solution favored by environmentalists and consumer groups. Carmakers want customers to buy new cars with cleaner engines.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold, editing by Riham Alkousaa

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