“With a new electric car and range sporting a spruced-up logo, German car giant Volkswagen enters the Frankfurt IAA car show hoping bets worth tens of billions of euros will pay off.

The new model, known as ID.3, is the highest-profile response from Germany to strict new European carbon emission limits and to battery-powered competition from the US and China.

In an interview Tuesday, chief executive Herbert Diess told AFP that VW is “very sure that it will work”.

“It’s the first electric car coming to customers that has characteristics that will make it very hard to turn down,” he added, namechecking a roomy interior, fast charging and an “attractive” price at 29,900 euros ($33,000) for the base model…”

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