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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»

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»

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»

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»

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid logo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid: The World's Priciest Hybrid?

  When Porsche introduces the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid late next year, its first-ever hybrid-electric vehicle may be the priciest hybrid on earth. While a Porsche executive said pricing hasn't been finalized, according to the German Automobilwoche, the expected European price will be in the...Read More»

GM cars take on the Zune
Link Love From The Car Connection: Reading Behind The Wheel, Music For Hipsters, And GM Targets The Zune Generation (Assuming There Is One)

Zuning in -- General Motors' marketing department isn't letting all this bankruptcy folderol spoil their fun. Those chipper clipboard-toters are working overtime to reach every viable customer demographic. GM's latest target: owners of the Microsoft Zune, America's favorite also-ran mp3 player...Read More»

Enertia Motors' Enertia Car
Link Love From The Car Connection: Fiat's American Lineup, X-Prize Autos, And Cash-For-Clunkers Rocks (In Germany)

Way outside the box -- We've all heard of the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition, which is giving $10 million to the first team to build a vehicle that can (a) get 100mpg in real-world conditions, (b) meet federal safety requirements, and (c) be mass produced. We're not sure that all of the...Read More»

BMW and Daimler would make Reifenstahl proud
BMW And Daimler? Tough Times Force National Unity In Germany. Uh-Oh.

From Germany we're getting news that BMW and Daimler AG are looking to swap spit stock. (Sorry for that makeout image so early on a Monday morning.) The proposal on the table involves each company taking a 7% stake in the other, the goal being to boost sharing of information and resources. While...Read More»

car on fire
Berlin Set Ablaze By BMW (Literally)

Tempers aren't the only things flaring in Berlin these days: luxury vehicles are also going up in smoke by the dozens. The cause? Arson, presumably instigated by the disenfranchised and the young, who aren't faring so well in today's economic climate. Although things are pretty rough here in the...Read More»

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