German Environment Minister Hits Out at Volkswagen, Car Makers September 13, 2005 9:13 PM
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Sep 14 09:27 Frankfurt German Environment Minister Juergen Trittin hit out at German car makers in general and Volkswagen, the country's biggest in particular, in a newspapepr interview published Tuesday.
Trittin, whose relationship with car makers has never been an easy one, criticised the auto industry for continuing to produce fuel-guzzling models that few people wanted.
"My interest is that the German auto industry remain competitive. It can do so by making fuel-saving cars, not big fuel-guzzlers that the market doesn't want," Trittin said in an interview published in the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
And he pointed the finger at Volkswagen chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder and VW's supervisory board chief Ferdinand Piech.
"Here are two people who are responsible for the fact that 10,000 VW employees are about to lose their jobs," Trittin said.
"At a time when China is introducing upper limits for fuel consumption and only gas-powered taxis are only allowed in New Delhi, VW is rolling out a Bugatti that guzzles 100 litres of fuel," the minister, a member of the environmentalist Green party, raged.
"That's a mistake that encapsulates the essence of the crisis at VW," he said.(*)