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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?

A Monkey on Their Back: German Carmakers Have Lost All Moral Standing

A Monkey on Their Back: German Carmakers Have Lost All Moral Standing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2018

The scandal over exhaust experiments on monkeys shows just how unscrupulous Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler are when it comes to manipulating the public. Anything goes when it comes to diverting attention from the dangers inherent in diesel. By Frank Dohmen, Veronika Hackenbroch, Simon Hage, Nils Klawitter, Hannah Knuth and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

New Cartel Suspicions: Secret Price Fixing Among German Carmakers

New Cartel Suspicions: Secret Price Fixing Among German Carmakers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2018

After numerous scandals in recent years, the German automobile industry is facing scrutiny yet again. This time, VW, Daimler, BMW and Bosch are believed to have colluded on steel price fixing. By Frank Dohmen and Dietmar Hawranek more... Comment ]


EU Competition Commissioner Vestager: 'The Auto Industry Is a High Priority'

EU Competition Commissioner Vestager: 'The Auto Industry Is a High Priority'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2017

EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, 49, has made a name for herself by taking on Google, Apple and Starbucks. She talks to DER SPIEGEL about her current investigation into possible automaker collusion and Facebook's responsibilities to its users. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller and Isabell Hülsen more... Comment ]

The Lure of Luxembourg: A Peek Behind the VW Tax Haven Curtain

The Lure of Luxembourg: A Peek Behind the VW Tax Haven Curtain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2017

Volkswagen has established several companies in Luxembourg in recent years, worth a total of 17 billion euros. The structure has raised suspicions that the German carmaker is trying to sidestep the tax office back home. By Simon Hage, Martin Hesse and Blaz Zgaga more... Comment ]


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 in 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 ]