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.

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Guest comment by Hans-Robert Richarz: New hope for the combustion engine

Up until a few weeks ago, the hardcore electricity fraction in politics, the automotive industry and associations followed the motto "You shouldn't have any other gods besides the electric drive". They wish the internal combustion engine - no matter what fuel it would sip from its tank - to hell, that according to their wishes the climate policy desired salvation was to be found exclusively and solely in the electric drive with battery operation and electricity from the socket. Only in this way would environmentally friendly and green mobility be possible. VW chief Herbert Diess even insisted publicly that politicians shouldn't even think about alternatives.

DS 3 Crossback: design à la francaise

“Design or not to be” could characterize the DS 3 Crossback as the headline. And since it exists, its design is particularly striking. And weight. But also as a practical compact SUV, this model from the French luxury brand from PSA is a serious competitor in the crossover segment.

Focus on design: but also practical

As if accidents were only dangerous because of this: Volvo subtly advertises a speed limit - from 180 km / h

While Volvo is promoting a speed limit with physically "irrefutable" arguments in a current press release, Daimler and Bosch positively communicate 25 years of proven life saving through ESP.

Volvo's reasoning seems plausible, but it is as wrong as a weather forecast for next Christmas. In order to justify the corporate decision to cordon off Volvos at 180 km / h in the future, Volvo reaches into the verbal bag of tricks, the arguments of which are physically correct, but are not true. That Volvo is talking about "protecting" the vehicles at 180 km / h instead of regulating them down is verbal nonsense. Why is a car safe under 180 km / h?

Robert Habeck's idea of ​​a car purchase premium, which he actually rejects

I had to watch the recording of the show Markus Lanz several times because I had doubts that I had understood the Green leader Robert Habeck correctly. But he said it really analogously: He is against purchase premiums for combustion engines, but then he contradicts himself: Purchase premiums could be granted if the cars were exchanged for e-mobiles as soon as they could be delivered.

Peugeot 508 SW GT: beautiful station wagons aren't just called Avant

“Nice station wagons are called Avant,” Audi invented the slogan for its version of the elegant car with loading space, which was quite appropriate at the time. With the Peugeot 508 SW GT, a competitor has entered the automotive stage that can compete with all the beautiful station wagons in terms of elegant aesthetics or aesthetic elegance.

Traffic lockdown unmasked diesel polemic as wrong: driving bans must be lifted

For experts, it was clear from the outset that the environmental aid association's claim that diesel was responsible for high levels of pollutants in cities was wrong. The lockdown with extremely reduced traffic has now proven it: the pollutants mainly come from other sources. Diesel driving bans must be lifted. Now the ADAC and VDA should step on the scene and represent the interests of diesel drivers. If necessary with lawsuits in court.

Engine guru Prof. Friedrich Indra: The combustion engine will live for a very long time!

It was less about the past than about the future that our guest author Jens Meiners led with engine pope Professor Friedrich Indra. He criticizes the focus on the battery car and considers combustion engines to be sustainable for a very long time.

Indra criticizes and warns of a collapse of the auto industry: while the new purchases fail, the authorities also wanted car manufacturers to pay billions in fines. These threshold fines would have to be postponed. Politicians have now recognized their self-deception, says the motorist. Now she is looking for ways to save the face.