BERLIN -- Volkswagen Group has agreed to cover some but not all of the costs for hardware retrofits of diesel cars, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said on Monday, ahead of a German coalition committee meeting on the matter.
"We have a commitment from Volkswagen for hardware retrofits," Scheuer said in a live video chat on Instagram. "A retrofit costs about 3,000 euros. VW will cover 2,400 of that. Now we have to discuss in the coalition how we handle the gap of 600 euros."
He said his party, the Christian Social Union -- Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats -- did not want diesel drivers to face any additional burdens.
The positioning comes as the German government and automakers try to agree on a deal to avert court bans on older diesel vehicles from city streets to improve air quality.
Leaders and senior members of the parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition of conservatives and center-left Social Democrats meet later on Monday to discuss the issue.