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Hungary frets over fallout of VW scandal on local factories

Hungary frets over potential damage from VW emissions scandal on local factory

Hungary frets over fallout of VW scandal on local factories

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's government is consulting with Volkswagen unit Audi and with Mercedes Benz over the potential impact on their local factories from the VW emissions-rigging scandal.

Economy Minister Mihaly Varga says about 2 million of the engines suspected of being manipulated by VW to cheat environmental standards were made in Hungary by the Audi affiliate.

Varga said Tuesday on broadcaster TV2 that while Hungary has strict environmental rules, it has no plans for now to ban the engines in question.

Earlier, Varga said Hungary's economic growth, which is greatly dependent on the automotive industry, could fall 0.3-0.6 percent if European car markets decline because of the scandal.

He said Tuesday that he hoped the worst projections could be avoided.


Updated : 2021-09-26 08:35 GMT+08:00