Stefan Menzel writes about the auto industry focusing on Volkswagen.
German carmakers and suppliers are exploring industry-wide collaboration on self-driving cars, to shrink costs and compete with wealthy American rivals.
Battery powered and self driving cars don't come cheap, driving automakers to cooperate. Ford and Volkswagen are working together, putting pressure on Daimler and BMW to do the same.
In the US, Volkswagen is cleaning up its Dieselgate mess and fulfilling settlement conditions. Meanwhile in Germany, nothing has changed, and nobody is getting anything.
Following measures to curb executive pay, the carmaker is revamping bonus payments for top managers to better reward "upright behavior." It’s part of an ethical shift to prevent another scandal.
Daniela Cavallo, the daughter of an Italian VW worker, is being groomed to succeed Bernd Osterloh as head of Volkswagen’s works council. She would become the first woman to lead workers at a German automaker.
Volkswagen says it’s on board, but BMW and Daimler have remained silent. The reticence indicates German automakers are accepting this new reality.
Thousands of customers in Europe and the US have been driving cars which lacked proper permits from authorities. It’s another ugly scratch on Volkswagen’s reputation following the Dieselgate fraud.
The carmaker wants to increase the profitability of its core brand and raise funds to finance the transition to e-mobility.
The CEOs of Germany’s three largest car companies will meet Donald Trump this week, hoping to prevent new tariffs and improve relations with a president who has explicitly threatened them.
The world's biggest carmaker plans to make rechargeable vehicles at three German factories, snubbing the technology that spawned Dieselgate. One plant will churn out models half the price of a Tesla.