Merkel says German auto industry has enough government support

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said German government’s coronavirus relief package contained a lot of help for the automobile industry of the country after her conservative CSU allies renewed a proposal for incentives for petrol cars. Germany has a multi-billion-euro recovery plan to spur clean driving, with incentives for electric vehicles. But the government this year has rebuffed the auto […]

Volkswagen, Daimler urge Germany to boost car demand as profits declines

Volkswagen brand logo

Volkswagen and Daimler on Wednesday prompted the German government to help increase demand for cars as the coronavirus pandemic damaged first-quarter profits and forced both automakers to drop their forecasts for the year. The demands came as German chancellor Angela Merkel plans to host a summit with auto industry leaders to talk about the ways […]

German automakers had call with Merkel about coronavirus crisis

German automakers

The heads of Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler held a crisis call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday to talk about how to get production restarted, Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper reported. Automakers have stopped production at some sites as governments across the world have imposed lockdowns on their populations to stop the spread of coronavirus outbreak. […]

Germany looks forward to 1 million electric car charging points by 2030

Volker Kauder and Angela Merkel

Germany should have one million electric car charging stations by 2030, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated in a video message on Sunday, ahead of meetings with the car industry regarding the move to low-emission battery-powered vehicles. “For this purpose, we want to create a million charging points by the year 2030 and the industry will have […]

German government is committed to tougher sanctions for diesel emissions

Berlin, Germany

The German government is committed to implementing tougher sanctions against companies that involved in criminal behavior, following Volkswagen‘s diesel emissions scandal, the nation’s justice minister, Katarina Barley, said. In an interview released in Friday’s edition of the Handelsblatt newspaper, Katarina Barley stated she had seen a pattern whereby companies try to put blame on individual […]

German coalition parties fight over diesel vehicle fines

Volkswagen factory Wolfsburg Germany

Ministers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives attacked on Thursday a proposal by the Social Democrats to charge automakers who fail to provide diesel hardware retrofits, opening a new battle front in their fragile coalition government. The government outlined strategies previously this month to curb pollution from diesel vehicles by asking automakers to offer owners trade-in […]

Automakers and green groups see defects in German diesel plan

Volkswagen factory Wolfsburg Germany

The German government presented strategies to curb pollution from diesel vehicles by asking automakers to offer owners trade-in incentives and hardware fixes, urging objections from environmental groups and grudging concessions from the industry. After marathon talks, Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of her coalition partners declared in the early hours of Tuesday they had agreed […]

Volkswagen’s Porsche to stop offering diesel versions

Porsche Macan

Volkswagen’s Porsche is going to stop offering diesel versions of its vehicles, the unit stated on Sunday, refining its focus on hybrid and battery-powered vehicles instead. Volkswagen has confessed that they cheated on diesel emissions tests, sending shockwaves through the auto industries and resulting in a sector-wide crackdown on polluting diesel engines. “Porsche is not […]

CATL to build its first European electric vehicle battery factory in Germany

Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.

Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is going to build its first production site in Europe in Germany, agreeing a significant contract with BMW to provide lithium-ion batteries. The lack of Europe’s own production capabilities for the cells that power electric vehicles has prompted warnings that it could leave its vehicle industry exposed and […]

German Chancellor supports class-action lawsuits for diesel car owners

Images of Volkswagen xl1-concept, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s supportive for cumulative lawsuits could require Volkswagen to offer to compensate owners of diesel vehicles in Germany as it has performed in the United States concerning emissions scandal, where Volkswagen has spent billions of dollars. To this day Volkswagen has declined any payments for the owners of 8.5 million affected cars in […]

Germany looks forward to crack down on vehicle emissions

Volkswagen factory Wolfsburg Germany

Germany will talk about a nationwide plan to cut contamination from diesel engines and established a new organization to test vehicles to attempt to restore consumer confidence after Volkswagen‘s emissions scandal, ministers stated. The relocations – nearly two years after the Volkswagen scandal broke – come as the German government deals with growing pressure ahead […]