Hard as VW tries to consign dieselgate to the past, climate change protesters in Berlin on Tuesday were determined to keep it in the present.
The German carmaker's emissions scandal cost it an estimated 30 billion euros.
But it is getting support from elsewhere.
Labour unions on Tuesday gave their backing to a restructuring plan while markets bid up its share price on news of that and of VW reaffirming its guidance.
"We are sticking to our goals for the current year. We expect a revenue increase of up to 5%, counting on an operating return on sales between 6.5 and 7.5%."
The union backing came after Diess pledged to spend 1.1 billion dollars on new battery cell production.
One plant to be built near its HQ here in the German state of Lower Saxony.
And VW already looking, it's reported, at opening additional battery production sites in Europe.
"Electric mobility is the only way to reach climate goals ..... Not just in Europe but also in China. We are confident about that. That's why we are going down that road."
As part of a drive to simplify its complex structure of brands, VW said on Monday it will resume plans to list its Traton truck unit before the summer break, reversing an earlier decision to postpone because of shaky markets.
Listing a 25 percent stake could yield up to six billion euros in what would be Germany's biggest share offering this year.