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Green the theme of Frankfurt Auto Show

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 01:31

This year's Frankfurt Auto Show may be missing some major industry players, but the ones who are there appear to all be on the same track towards electric. Laura Frykberg reports.

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It's known for being the world's largest display of cars. But this year'sFrankfurt auto show is at risk of looking more like a no-show. With big names like Tesla and Nissan noticeably absent, Visitor numbers too appear to be falling. Not helpful for troubled German carmaker Volkswagen. Having its first showing at home since the diesel emissions scandal. But perhaps size no longer matters anyway.. This year it's all about being green. Mercedes owner Daimler among the latest to switch lanes Announcing on Monday the launch of its EQ electric car. Although some says it's not time to completely overtake fossil fuels...just yet. (SOUNDBITE) (German) VDA PRESIDENT MATTHIAS WISSMANN, SAYING: "I personally believe that diesel cars in Europe will continue to play a significant role in the market once we have solved the nitrogen oxides issue completely. It is clear that long-distance transport market, trucks, for instance will need diesel until there are equally strong and superior efficiency competitors." Germany's BMW seems to disagree though. It's launching twelve new energy efficient cars in Frankfurt this year... That will be on offer from 2025. It tails last week's move to green by both Volvo and Renault. While Jaguar Land Rover is beating everyone in the race, last week saying all new models from 2020 will either be electric or hybrid.

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Green the theme of Frankfurt Auto Show

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 01:31