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German sues Volkswagen over Dieselgate compensation (or lack thereof)
German sues Volkswagen over Dieselgate compensation (or lack thereof)

Back in June, some 480,000 American owners of illegally equipped 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels learned that they'd be receiving a fairly significant payout from Volkswagen. After months of negotiations, the automaker finally agreed to fix the cars in question or buy them back, and it also said that...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot
Germany tells Tesla: stop calling it 'Autopilot'

Tesla is under fire again for its semi-autonomous Autopilot software, and once again, the critics are German regulators. This go-round, officials want the automaker to stop using the term "Autopilot" because they feel that it can mislead consumers into thinking that Teslas can drive themselves...Read More»

German man pranks Google Street View
Naked Man, Woman In Labor, Prank Google Street View

Google Street View has recently been embroiled in a number of high-profile trials over privacy violations -- and in the middle of all that hubbub, Google has been trying to roll out the service in Germany. As a result of all the front-page headlines, Germans have met Street View with a mix of...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class 4-door Sedan 6.3L AMG Tail Light
2011 Mercedes Benz CLS: Inspiring Passion Through Thievery

As I was toiling away at the computer today, I decided I should actually do something for myself, for me, to treat myself to something apart from the unabashed joy of filling out TPS reports. So I decided to eat lunch, and simultaneously surf the Internet while ingesting a sandwich. (See? I can do...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL Class 2-door Roadster 5.5L V8 Front Exterior View
German Luxury Brands Are Putting On The Blitz

  The global economy is giving mixed signals right now. On the thumbs-down side, unstable unemployment numbers and see-saw stock markets. On the upside, job creation, the return of venture capital, and slowly increasing GDPs (at least in most parts of the world). In the auto industry, GM and...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI 4-door HB DSG PZEV Angular Front Exterior View
Volkswagen GTI: An Oldie Mit A German Twist

I spent the better part of today driving around in classic cars, none of them was younger than 38 years old, and they made me feel young, proud, happy and inspired as I drove each of them. Inspired enough to post this blog, which is semi-related to the cars I drove today as their collective nation...Read More»

2011 BMW 7-Series
Mercedes Vehicles Made In China Just As Good As German-Made

Mercedes-Benz vehicles made in China now place in the top half of all the company's vehicles when ranked for quality. Ulrich Walker, Chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia, said (rather testily) that those rides are good enough to send to other countries: "Yes, our cars here are exportable...Read More»

The Spirit of Berlin remote-controlled Dodge minivan
Want To Remote-Control Your Minivan? Check the App Store

It's official: "There's an app for that" has become the most annoying catchphrase of 2009 (on par with 2001's "You are the weakest link"). And yet, we have to admit that there are beaucoup apps out there -- some of them quite good. For example, developers at Appirion UG have developed a program...Read More»

Maison d'Envie brothel in Berlin
Today In WTF: A Red-Light District Goes Green

In the current global economy, things are hard all over -- even in Berlin's red-light district. With fewer travelers coming to town for conferences and business meetings, sales at local bordellos have gone limp, but the owners of Maison d'Envie in trendy Prenzlauer Berg are hoping to give things a...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
German Luxury Brands Face Uncertain Future In U.S.

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, new fuel efficiency and emissions regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation could have a serious impact on gas-guzzling luxury vehicles. If approved as they stand in draft form, the regulations provide very...Read More»

Dieter Zetsche
Rumor: Daimler, BMW May Buddy-Up To Retain Market Share

Despite all the great news coming out of Germany in recent days, it's apparently not all biergartens and schnitzel over there: a new article in Der Spiegel reports that high-end German automakers Mercedes-Benz and BMW are facing tough times on the sales floor, as the world's touch-and-go economy...Read More»

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Can The New Audi A1 Help Audi Reach Its Lofty Sales Goals?

Back in June, you might recall that Audi announced plans to roll its new A1 citycar into dealerships by early 2010. The automaker said that the A1 would debut as a three-door model, but that a five-door sportback version would soon follow. At the time, the A1 was slated only for European release...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
Mercedes-Benz S500 Concept for Frankfurt: Plug-In Hybrid S-Class

The Frankfurt Auto Show this year is all about green cars: highly fuel efficient clean diesels, electric cars, and plug-in hybrids. It's where the German automakers offer up their sexiest concept cars. So the photos of the eagerly awaited Mercedes-Benz "Vision" concept car are a bit of a shock: It...Read More»

Das Autobahn
Germany Wants 1,000,000 EVs On The Road By 2020

Germany has set a goal of putting 1,000,000 electric vehicles on its roadways by the year 2020, and Chancellor Angela Merkel is putting together a plan to make that happen. The plan relies on financial incentives to both manufacturers and consumers, which would begin rolling out in the 2012...Read More»

Porsche logo and VW logo
Volkswagen, Porsche Merger Moves Forward, Qatar Gets Stake

After many months of corporate negotiations, the first step toward Germany's great auto unification is now clear: Volkswagen has agreed to pay €3.3 billion (roughly $4.7 billion) for a 42% stake in Porsche AG, which has been valued at €12.4 billion. Details of the subsequent steps involved in...Read More»

German satellite warning system, developed by INT
German Satellites Control Your Car's Horn In Case Of Emergency

So, let's say you're in Stuttgart to visit the friendly folks at Mercedes-Benz. (They could use a little attention, since their competition's hogging the headlines.) During the night, a major fire breaks out down the road, but your TV's off, and there aren't any civil defense sirens, so how are you...Read More»

Wendelin Wiedeking, via Automotive News
Porsche CEO Resigns, Merger With VW Inches Closer

And so it begins: as we mentioned on Monday, this is a big week for Porsche and Volkswagen, as the two German automakers finally take action on their highly anticipated merger. Overnight came news of a major development, indicating that VW's buyout of Porsche is on track and picking up speed: in a...Read More»

Audi Design grand piano, produced in partnership with Bösendorfer
The Next New Audi Model Is A...Grand Piano ?!?!?

Audi is celebrating its 100th birthday as a brand these days, with ceremonies that included the unveiling of a 32-foot-long, 10-ton model of the Audi TT sports car. So there was much anticipation around a gala event held last night at the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt, at which the company promised to...Read More»

Porsche Volkswagen Merger
Porsche Planning To Sell Volkswagen Shares To Qatar

The bewildering Porsche/Volkswagen saga continues to evolve, and, we're sorry to say, it's become slightly more confusing today. To recap: Porsche owns a majority stake in VW, but only a slim one--just under 51%. Porsche also possesses options that allow it to buy additional stock in Volkswagen...Read More»

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