Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche has expresses his worries that Volkswagen's diesel scandal could affect the German automotive industry.

Daimler AG chief Dieter Zetsche has expressed his worries that Volkswagen's diesel scandal could affect the German automotive industry.

He told the Economic Club of Washington he was surprised by Volkswagen's disclosure and suspects that the public may have decided that if one company cheats on emissions tests, then all the others probably do as well.

“I think the strength of ‘Made in Germany’ and of the German auto industry is a perception that these are reliable brands and you can trust them and this is a blow to our industry,” he commented. “It’s up to us to rebuild that trust because we haven’t done anything wrong.”

Asked if the dieselgate will affect Mercedes-Benz worldwide sales, he said no, adding that the company has never used software to evade emissions requirements “and we never will.”

Zetsche was also asked what car he would buy and drive if he couldn’t have a Mercedes-Benz. First, he said he would take an Aston Martin, but shortly after he commented: “but I hope I never get in that situation.” Finally, the 62-year-old chairman of the board of directors of Daimler AG added that his 93-year-old mother only stopped driving her Mercedes-Benz last year, but she still owns it.

Source: Economic Club of Washington via The Detroit News

Daimler boss says Dieselgate blow to German auto industry