We’re nearly two months into the dieselgate scandal.

So far, most of the attention has been on Volkswagen, the defenestration of some of its most senior staff and the likely financial impact on the company.

It has already declared a £2.5 billion loss for the third quarter of 2015, as it stacks up cash to pay for the massive recall work on the EA189 engine, as well as compensation and the likely fines from governments and regulators.

The wider VW Group has already hired Thomas Sedran from Opel to be the chief of corporate strategy and promises that the all-new vision for the VW Group will be revealed in the middle of next year.

However, a couple of recent news stories reveal just how much of a quiet panic the wider European car industry is in, now that the issue of diesel pollution is well and truly under the microscope.

VW admitted that it used a software ‘cheat’ to get its EA189-engined diesel cars through the US pollution tests, after the International Council on Clean Transportation revealed that real-world tests of the firm's diesel engines showed much higher NOx emissions than were revealed in lab tests.