After Dieselgate

The End of the Diesel Boom

The e-car revolution is fundamentally changing the auto industry -- and with it Germany's most competitive export sector.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The demise of diesel cars, which are popular in Europe, could have a significant impact on German automakers and the country’s economy.

  • Facts


    • The new rules will require that emissions testing be conducted on vehicles during drives on highways and in cities.
    • VW’s software was able to manipulate results of testing done in labs.
    • E.U. countries agreed to the new testing standards in late October, and the change takes effect in 2017.
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If there are any clear winners in the emissions scandal at Volkswagen, it would be Germany-based electronics specialists Maha AIP and its Austrian competitor, AVL List.

The companies produce measuring devices that environmental agencies, automakers and other vehicle-related testing organizations plan to use for emissions testing on cars. The testing would be done in everyday situations on roads — and not in the laboratory.

The devices, which cost at least €80,000 ($87,040) each and are in bright yellow boxes attached to the outside of cars, are in demand more than ever before. The producers can hardly keep up with orders coming from testers.

“We are anxiously awaiting ours,” said Reinhard Kolke, head of the test and technology division of the German automobile club ADAC.

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