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Automotive Upheaval

Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche: Long on brand value and performance, the German automotive industry faces new demands from consumers interested in hybrid and electric cars. Can German manufacturers maintain their status as an admired automotive leader in a quickly changing market?

Out of Nowhere: The Three Students Who Uncovered 'Dieselgate'

Out of Nowhere: The Three Students Who Uncovered 'Dieselgate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2017

The diesel emissions scandal has already cost Volkswagen 25 billion euros, and no end is it sight. But how did it start? In a corrugated iron shack in the forests of West Virginia, discovered by a trio of university students. By Philipp Oehmke more... Comment ]

The End of a Legend: 'Made in Germany' Label Badly Damaged By Car Scandal

The End of a Legend: 'Made in Germany' Label Badly Damaged By Car Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 04, 2017

Germany's diesel scandal occurred because the government has long been too lenient on the automobile industry. Deep ties between politicians and the sector allowed the situation to get out of hand, with enormous damage to the country's reputation as one of the world's best carmakers. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Cartel: Collusion Between Germany's Biggest Carmakers

The Cartel: Collusion Between Germany's Biggest Carmakers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2017

The diesel scandal is not a failure on the part of individual companies, but rather the result of collusion among German automakers that lasted for years. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen and Porsche coordinated their activities in more than a thousand meetings. The exposure of a cartel. By Frank Dohmen and Dietmar Hawranek more... Comment ]

Asleep at the Wheel: German Leaders at Odds with Industry over Electric Cars

Asleep at the Wheel: German Leaders at Odds with Industry over Electric Cars

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2016

The government in Berlin fears that German automobile companies are lagging behind as electric cars pick up speed around the world. Faced with immense challenges and the potential loss of tens of thousands of jobs, the industry is still pushing its gas guzzlers. By Horand Knaup, Michael Sauga and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


VW Tsunami: Falsified Emissions Push Company to Limits

VW Tsunami: Falsified Emissions Push Company to Limits

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2015

Volkswagen is struggling to come to terms with the vast emissions scandal of its own making. Lawsuits, official inquiries, a potential ratings downgrade: The company is facing myriad risks. The ultimate price tag could be in the tens of billions. By Dietmar Hawranek, Christoph Pauly and Barbara Schmid more... Comment ]

VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance

VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2015

Arrogance and complacency are widespread in Germany industry, with Volkswagen becoming just the most recent example. For the German economy to remain healthy, fundamental changes are necessary. A Commentary by Armin Mahler more... Comment ]


The Boomerang Effect: Sanctions on Russia Hit German Economy Hard

The Boomerang Effect: Sanctions on Russia Hit German Economy Hard

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2014

The United States and Europe last week announced the imposition of stronger sanctions against Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. German industry may be among the losers. By Matthias Schepp and Cornelia Schmergal more... Comment ]

Fuel-Cell Revolution: Can Toyota Save the Electric Car?

Fuel-Cell Revolution: Can Toyota Save the Electric Car?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

Toyota has developed a new long-range electric vehicle powered entirely by a cutting-edge fuel cell. The project represents a dramatic departure from the goal of developing a mass-produced, effective, battery-driven electric car. But what does it mean for our future? By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]


Merkel's Patrons: Donation from BMW Owners Raises Eyebrows

Merkel's Patrons: Donation from BMW Owners Raises Eyebrows

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

Just weeks after the German election, Angela Merkel's conservatives received donations totalling 690,000 euros from the family that owns almost half of BMW. The payment coincides with Berlin's forceful intervention to halt tough new CO2 curbs for carmakers in the EU. more... Comment ]

Bye Bye, VW Bus: The End of an Era in Brazil

Bye Bye, VW Bus: The End of an Era in Brazil

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2013

Only Brazil still produces the classic 56-year-old VW camper van, but not for much longer. With a final special edition series of the beloved vehicle wrapping up before year's end, the race is on for those looking to buy used models. By Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]