'Change Through Trade Has Failed': China Pressures Foreign Companies to Fall In Line on Protests

'Change Through Trade Has Failed': China Pressures Foreign Companies to Fall In Line on Protests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2019

To help end the protests in Hong Kong, the Chinese government is pressuring foreign companies doing business in the country to toe the official position. Any firm that doesn't can expect punishment -- and even ostensibly progressive German conglomerates are playing along. By DER SPIEGEL Staff By Tim Bartz, Dinah Deckstein, Kristina Gnirke, Simon Hage, Nils Klawitter, Michael Sauga and Bernhard Zand more...

Electric Dreams: Porsche's Quest to Make Eco-Friendly Sports Cars

Electric Dreams: Porsche's Quest to Make Eco-Friendly Sports Cars

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 27, 2019

Porsche is trying to reinvent itself in the wake of Germany's diesel-emissions scandal by turning itself into an environmentally friendly sports-car company. It's a billion-euro bet with enormous possibilities -- and enormous risk. By Frank Dohmen and Simon Hage 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 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 ]


Porsche's Poker: Turning the Car Business into a Casino

Porsche's Poker: Turning the Car Business into a Casino

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2010

German prosecutors are probing accusations that Porsche conducted dodgy share deals during a failed takeover bid for Volkswagen. Meanwhile, hedge funds are suing the sports car maker in the US. Porsche may have to pay billions in damages, and VW could also find itself pulled into the mess. By Frank Dohmen and Dietmar Hawranek more... Comment ]

Porsche's Hybrid Racecar: Green Energy Hits the Track

Porsche's Hybrid Racecar: Green Energy Hits the Track

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2010

Auto racing is hardly one of the greenest sports out there. But Porsche has now come up with a racecar outfitted with a hybrid engine. The technology could ultimately find its way onto the street. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]


Marital Woes: Takeover Battle Leaves Open Wounds at Volkswagen and Porsche

Marital Woes: Takeover Battle Leaves Open Wounds at Volkswagen and Porsche

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2009

The long-running takeover battle between VW and Porsche has created deep divisions between the two auto manufacturers. Now they are dependent on each other for their future success, but some people at both firms are clearly reluctant to bury the hatchet. By Dietmar Hawranek more...

Porsche's Past: The Dark Pre-History of the World's Favorite Sports Car

Porsche's Past: The Dark Pre-History of the World's Favorite Sports Car

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2009

Officially, history began for Porsche in 1950. But the company existed before that as a supplier for Hitler's war machine. New research suggests that the company benefited much more from its Nazi ties than it has admitted to. By Nils Klawitter more...