auto, motor and sport: surprisingly subtly auto-critical

It is surprising how even the former central body of the full throttle friends “auto motor und sport” is subtly car-critical. Some things could also be in the car-hostile "taz".

To my amazement, Digital Editor-in-Chief Jochen Knecht wrote in the Moove Letter a little polemically against the statements of the designated Transport Minister Volker Wissing. He threw "diesel smoke candles". Knecht writes: “That he is Lawyer for motorists sees, is only based on the interpretation of the colleagues from SPIEGEL, his approach to lower the vehicle tax for diesel vehicles in order to at least partially offset the burdens from the current high energy prices, but as expected, causes a lot of frustration among the rest of the traffic light parties . "

Hello, Herr Knecht, that's not true! Wissing did not throw this “smoke candle” to compensate for the high fuel prices, but to compensate for the higher vehicle tax on diesel. Background: An EU directive calls for the taxes on petrol and diesel to be aligned. Wissing's claim is therefore absolutely justified, plausible and actually logical. The EU requirement for the same taxes for diesel and gasoline must not be restricted to fuel, but to all vehicle taxes, whether at the petrol pump or the engine system. Knecht calls Wissing's demand “cheap populism”. I think that's dishonest.

The esteemed colleague is right, however, that the increase in diesel of around 1 cents for frequent drivers due from January 2022, 18 cannot be offset by a reduction in vehicle tax. But: The cult newspaper on individual mobility has recently shown repeatedly signs of turning to the left-green course that is critical of the automotive industry. The only thing missing is that the ams editorial team will in future refrain from test drives with highly motorized combustion engines in order to test the ams CO2-Reduce footprint.

Even the editor-in-chief Birgit Priemer, whom I also highly appreciate because of her competence, suddenly criticizes the German auto industry quite harshly, from which the Motorpresse-Verlag has profited amply since its inception. Priemer criticizes the fact that the world's financial and leadership elites flew in private jets to Glasgow for the climate summit. They could - according to Primer - make their contribution: ... “by foregoing billionaire yachts, houses in abundance, private planes or questionable excursions into space”. That reads like the constant criticism of the system of social conditions in the "taz". And further: "All of us, the people on the grassroots, have to contribute with our behavior to keep the earth in balance."

So please no more senseless trips into space, no more private planes, no yachts and no more houses for individual people. Sounds a bit like class struggle ...

Ms. Priemer cannot do anything with the automaker's argument that they sell what the customers want: “Sit down, six, you want to call out to many highly decorated car managers.” (Where are they?) And further: “Fuel cell, E -Fuels and attractive electric cars that appeal to customers - we could have had all of that much earlier. And, by the way, it was always German companies like Daimler, VW and BMW that could have been ahead in these technologies. The final was decided by others. Toyota with fuel cells, Tesla with electric cars. "

The editor-in-chief is wrong here: The final is far from over. Let's wait and see. And let's stick to the fact that customers can buy what they want. Whether diesel, gasoline, synfuel, fuel cell cars, plug-in hybrids or battery cars.




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