Markus Fasse currently specializes in aviation and automobile industry news. He has been an editor at Handelsblatt since 2000, and a correspondent in Munich since 2005. His previous workplaces include Wirtschaftswoche and Tagesspiegel.
But the German carmakers' mobility venture is unlikely to challenge the global might of American and Chinese competitors, experts say.
American tariffs, a Chinese slowdown and a hard Brexit could hammer an industry vital to the country's economy just as tens of billions are needed for electric and self-driving cars.
Testing agency TÜV Süd and its boss are under intense pressure following the collapse of a South American dam the company declared safe just a few months ago. Huge damage claims may follow.
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.
The leading luxury carmakers may jointly develop compact models, electric engines and self-driving car technology. Joint production in the US is also an option, sources said.
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.
While maintaining its innocence, the luxury carmaker is reluctant to act as a witness in an industry-wide antitrust case. The company's stance could expose it to stiff fines.
Superfast 5G networks will be a key part of the self-driving revolution, both on the roads and in factories. But automakers don’t trust telecom providers to deliver them, so want to build their own local infrastructure.
Unit sales are sliding and Dieselgate costs are squeezing margins at Daimler, disrupting cash flow and making the transition to a new era even tougher.
A milestone deal in China's heavily protected auto industry, the Germans' increased stake will form a handy buffer against Trump's trade tariffs.