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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?

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 ]

Modern Mobility: Car-Sharing Gears Up in German Cities

Modern Mobility: Car-Sharing Gears Up in German Cities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2013

As collaborative consumption becomes increasingly mainstream, many young Germans are starting to see vehicle ownership as inconvenient and old-fashioned. Keen to keep up, the auto industry is turning to car-sharing. By Thomas Hüetlin more... Comment ]

Car Clash: Germany Blocks CO2 Reduction Deal

Car Clash: Germany Blocks CO2 Reduction Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2013

There were threats, lobbying and even a call from Chancellor Merkel to the Irish prime minister. In the end, Germany got its way and managed to delay an EU decision on lowering the amount of CO2 European-made cars may emit. more... Comment ]

Traffic Stopper: Mini Hot Rod Hits German Roads 

Traffic Stopper: Mini Hot Rod Hits German Roads 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2013

The mini hot rod looks like an outsize toy, and its Hamburg-based creators still can't quite believe it's street legal. It offers drivers as much fun as can be had behind a steering wheel, and a bit of discomfort is a small price to pay. By Benjamin Braden, Sara Maria Manzo and Christoph Stockburger in Hamburg more... Video | Comment ]

Divided Europe: Car Industry Winners and Losers Drift Apart

Divided Europe: Car Industry Winners and Losers Drift Apart

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2013

A two-tiered industry is emerging among European automakers. While German brands BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen are reporting record profits, competitors Opel, Peugeot, Renault and Fiat are struggling to survive. By Dietmar Hawranek more... Comment ]

Interview with Volkswagen CEO: 'European Auto Crisis Is an Endurance Test'

Interview with Volkswagen CEO: 'European Auto Crisis Is an Endurance Test'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2013

The European automobile market is struggling and many manufacturers face falling profits. Volkswagen has suffered too, but CEO Martin Winterkorn notes in an interview with SPIEGEL that profits are still strong. He also defends his salary, which is among the highest in Europe. more... Comment ]

Auto Revolution: A Promising Future for Self-Driving Cars

Auto Revolution: A Promising Future for Self-Driving Cars

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2013

The technology needed for driverless cars is here and could be ready for the market in less than a decade. Automation holds the promise of revolutionizing the automobile industry and making our streets safer, but will it spell the end of Fahrvergnügen? By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]

Continent in Crisis: China Overtakes Sluggish Europe in Car Sales

Continent in Crisis: China Overtakes Sluggish Europe in Car Sales

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2013

While European consumers spent much of 2012 fretting about the economic crisis, China managed to surpass the Continent in automobile sales for the first time. Given China's growing middle class, the trend looks set to continue. China will probably outpace Europe in vehicle production this year, too. more... Comment ]