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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 Arrival of Tesla: German Auto Giants Face an Existential Challenge

The Arrival of Tesla: German Auto Giants Face an Existential Challenge

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2017

BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen have been struggling to adapt to the advent of the electric car, held back by conservatism and internal challenges. Now, Tesla is making inroads in Germany -- and the country's automakers face an uncertain future. By Simon Hage 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 ]


The Electric Shock: E-Mobility Gets Existential for German Carmakers

The Electric Shock: E-Mobility Gets Existential for German Carmakers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2017

The automobile of the future drives autonomously and runs on batteries. Daimler, VW and BMW, which have waited dangerously long to join the trend, are on the verge of the biggest upheaval in their history. Can the reboot succeed? By Simon Hage and Dietmar Hawranek more... Comment ]

The Way Forward after Dieselgate: 'We Will Do Everything to Bring VW Back'

The Way Forward after Dieselgate: 'We Will Do Everything to Bring VW Back'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 26, 2016

Volkswagen is struggling. The diesel emissions scandal, slim profit margins and a leadership shake-up have challenged the automobile company. SPIEGEL sat down with senior members of the family, Wolfgang Porsche and Hans Michel Piëch, to discuss the path out of the disaster. Interview Conducted by Dietmar Hawranek and Armin Mahler more... Comment ]


Ford-Strategie: Autonomie für alle

Ford-Strategie: Autonomie für alle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2016

Bislang ist Ford beim Thema autonome Autos nicht gerade vorausgefahren. Jetzt wollen die Amerikaner bei der Zukunftstechnologie vom Standstreifen auf die Überholspur - und dann gleich die Welt verändern. Es wäre nicht das erste Mal. Von Tom Grünweg mehr... Forum ]

Dieselgate in Europe: How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions Evidence

Dieselgate in Europe: How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions Evidence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2016

When American authorities revealed that Volkswagen used software to trick pollution tests, it spurred widespread outrage. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL show that European officials knew about the deception for years -- but didn't act on it. By Markus Becker and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]