A government committee says capping speeds could reduce carbon emissions and pollution. Opponents say Germans have a visceral need for speed akin to Americans' views on gun rights.
Volkswagen emissions scandal
German prosecutors reportedly said they feared that Rupert Stadler might attempt to suppress evidence. The head of Volkswagen's luxury car brand was taken into custody Monday morning.
Dramatic photos show thousands of the cars awaiting their fate. Volkswagen says it has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back diesel cars in the U.S.
Oliver Schmidt admitted to conspiring to defraud the United States by misleading federal regulators about the emissions of diesel cars and violating clean air laws.
The class-action lawsuit accuses General Motors of using "at least three separate 'defeat devices' to increase engine power and efficiency" in its Duramax diesel engines.
The plan would cover nearly 80,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles that contain what U.S. regulators have called a cheating mechanism.
The Environmental Protection Agency says Fiat Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing software in about 104,000 vehicles that masked the true level of emissions.
The Justice Department also announced the indictments of six VW executives. Volkswagen has admitted equipping diesel vehicles with software to cheat emissions tests and then lying to regulators.
The news comes more than one year after Hans Dieter Pötsch was named chairman; for 12 years, he was Volkswagen's chief financial officer.
Citing "a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance" at Volkswagen, New York and Massachusetts have filed civil lawsuits against the carmaker.