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Dobrindt said Volkswagen should check emission and fuel consumption of all its car series. "Everything should be turned upside down and looked at."
He called on the carmaker to set up a customer service center to deal with the scandal and said the resulting higher vehicle taxes from correcting the understated emission levels should not be borne by car owners.
"The problem must be eliminated and there should be no burden rise for customers," Dobrindt said.
Volkswagen faces increasing pressure from the government which is trying to prevent the cheating scandal from damaging the reputation of German products and industry.
Earlier on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert urged Volkswagen to clarify the irregularities in a transparent and comprehensive manner and to create structures to avoid similar cases happening again.
Volkswagen estimated on Tuesday that the latest irregularities would cost the company about 2 billion euros (2.17 billion U.S. dollars).
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The long-awaited polls will kick off next week and it will be held in two stages covering the country's 27 provinces. The first stage covering 14 provinces will be held on Oct. 18 and 19, while the second covering the rest 13 provinces on Nov. 22 and 23.
Despite hope for a better Egypt, some Egyptians have become uncertain about the effect of their vote due to alleged declining space for freedoms and human rights since military-oriented President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took office and announced the country's "war against terrorism."