According to the results of a poll conducted by the Institute for public opinion research Emnid commissioned by the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, more than half of Germans no longer trust the German automakers.
This was stated by 53% of respondents. Only 5% of respondents believe companies such as Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, trustworthy. 39% think they are «more or less trustworthy», 3% are undecided with the opinion.
75% of respondents would like tougher government response to a violation of automakers of rules and obligations, writes Deutshe Welle.
At the same time, in regard to practical transition of Germany to electric vehicles, the vast majority of the respondents expressed their unwillingness determine the government clear terms of the prohibition of the sale of petrol and diesel engines. This was opposed by 79% of respondents. The opposite opinion is shared by 24% of survey participants.
According to the Minister of transport of Germany, Alexander Dobrindt, falling confidence in the German automakers threatened to damage the image of products made in Germany. The automotive industry has an enormous responsibility to correct mistakes and to restore the confidence of consumers, he said.
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