"Autonis" design award: Audi five times first, BMW "best design brand of the year" and Mercedes-Benz creates "best interior design"

When auto motor und sport calls for the selection of the best design innovations every year, one thing is certain: the readers decide. Not an expert jury, but those who buy cars and say what they like best.

No fewer than five Audi models were awarded this year, while BMW was voted “Best Design Brand of the Year”, a prize to which Mercedes-Benz was previously subscribed and this time it was awarded for “best interior design”. In total, there were more than 100 new models from various manufacturers to choose from. Around 16.000 participants cast their votes in the readers' poll.

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"Umwelthilfe" criticizes plug-in hybrid consumption figures - not entirely without good reason

If a 560 PS hybrid Porsche is specified with an average consumption of 2,2 liters per 100 kilometers, the physical question arises as to whether that is even possible. Answer: theoretically yes, unlikely in everyday reality. The official value is in part actually window dressing that has been devised at many green tables in Brussels and approved by our government. It was to be expected that the car opponents from the “Environmental Aid” association would make these surreal consumption figures a topic.

BMW 120 d: The end of rear-wheel drive prejudice

It's time again to throw prejudices overboard: thanks to its rear-wheel drive, the BMW 1 Series has long been considered a solitaire in the compact class and a guarantee of sporty, demanding driving characteristics. The departure from the powered rear axle, criticized by BMW enthusiasts (including me!), Would not only scratch the brand's sporty image, but also its driving behavior, was assumed. The BMW 120 d we are currently testing has vanished all front-wheel drive concerns.

I also criticized BMW for abandoning the iron rear-wheel drive principle in favor of front-wheel drive technology. Now with “front experience” I refuse to shout about the downfall of Bavarian driving pleasure, which in our (earlier) imagination only seemed to be achievable with rear-wheel drive. No matter how much the camshaft lyricists mourn: Driving pleasure does not depend on rear-wheel drive, as we experienced in the 120d.

What will car presentations look like after Corona? No different, but smaller.

Massive savings programs at the automakers and Corona seem to be the synthesis of serious changes in terms of product launches. In some companies, it was even briefly considered to completely cancel driving ideas for new cars and only communicate digitally. All-clear: Despite Corona, all companies do not want to do without personal contact with journalists.

"Our boss suggested that we could save the money for driving events in view of Corona for the next few years," reports a PR man who "does not want to be called" because "I then blocked this attempt to attack our press work." have". It may be that other managers have also thought of using the future corona normality to save in product communication; But they have not completely renounced the savings idea either.

Because they often don't know what they're saying

Daimler CEO Ola Källenius is not alone with the most misunderstood word in the German language. When he was asked to explain why the cars are painted black in front of the Formula 1 race in Spielberg, he said the wrong thing, even though he meant the right thing.

Daimler wants to show tolerance. Anyone who realizes that tolerance from Latin actually means toleration immediately understands that tolerance cannot be used to campaign against racism. Tolerance is when you “tolerate” opinions other than your own without having to adopt them. You can (and should) tolerate people you don't like. You have to respect and respect everyone, that shouldn't be a question.

Guest contribution by Holger Douglas / UTR eV: Leading climate activist apologizes for scaremongering.

"On behalf of environmentalists around the world, I would like to formally apologize for the climate fear we have created in the past 30 years," writes an ex-climate activist. Is the front of the climate Japanese collapsing now?

No joke, but remarkable words from a former leading propagandist of man-made climate change. "Climate change is taking place," he tweets. 'It's just not the end of the world. It's not even our most serious environmental problem. «