Article by Peter Groschupf

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.

Golf, the eighth: the classic as a digital device

A golf is a golf, remains a golf and will always remain a golf - with the eighth generation of golf, this sentence is one of the classic mistakes of our time. Because the new Golf has almost only four wheels in common with its predecessors, the name and the formal basic substance. Sure, when driving, it still shows the typical golf qualities. But a new Golf has never been so new.

What we wrote at the presentation actually expresses everything there is to say: The leap into the digital world in the new Golf is a huge step for VW and a giant leap in terms of technology democratization. Anyone entering here has arrived in the world of switch-free user interfaces and fascinating approaches to artificial intelligence in automobiles.

Guest contribution by Holger Douglas: criticism of the green cuddle course Ola Källenius

Green Germany, which is economically disassembling itself, can even count on the help of the boardrooms of the automotive industry.

The green ban strategy has led to a social division in Germany and an economic downturn. "Obviously, the Germans have a talent for cheering the wrong prophet and running after them," says Horst Roosen, board member of the UTR | Umwelt | Technik | Recht | eV

Does Corona make car shows redundant? Volkswagen makes the visit to the fair a virtual experience

With a brilliant communication surcharge, Volkswagen makes the opportunities of digital possibilities clear. The virtual VW exhibition stand as a replacement for Geneva could be the first step, after Corona, to do without car shows altogether and to redirect or concentrate the tangible, personal communication on your own events.

There will certainly continue to be auto shows worldwide, but as has become apparent in the past, many car manufacturers are increasingly shifting their technological visions and developments to technology shows such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The change of location of the IAA from Frankfurt to Munich will also be accompanied by a completely new exhibition concept, which should bring about a strong digital realignment.

BILD calls for “Laber limit for environmental aid!”

The environmental aid association is not making any friends at the moment, but it is making many enemies. The fact that the mini-association with a maximum volume of lawsuits is using the corona crisis for ideological nonsense has apparently caused gasping in the case of Autobild editor-in-chief Tom Drechsler. In his pointedly harsh comment, instead of a speed limit on the autobahn, he demands "Talking limit for environmental aid!"

It is indeed frightening how unscrupulous car opponents, no car haters, use the corona crisis as a fire accelerator for their sometimes abstruse fire of demands. Because the environmental aid association "under the guise of helping corona patients is calling for a speed limit right now", he is making himself ridiculous. "Even the most loyal DUH fans will see through this as rarely stupid!"

Genesis G80: is the similarity to known vehicles purely coincidental?

What the new Hyundai luxury brand Genesis presented this week in Seoul is apt to draw the highest attention from premium European manufacturers and customers. The new Genesis G80 surprises with its aesthetic design and technological presence. And reminds of well-known competitors.

The brand, since its independence and its appearance in 2015, has hardly come into its own in Europe and especially in Germany, let alone penetrated the attention of potential buyers. We drove a Hyundai Genesis back in 2014 and were amazed at the similarity to Audi models. No wonder, because the designer Peter Schreyer gave his face to various Audi and VW models before moving to South Korea.

Climate hysteric Schellnhuber calls Corona “climate contract” and reveals himself to be intellectually disadvantaged

There can be no doubt that Corona will change our lives. But not only for the negative. Suddenly even the Fridays-for-future youngsters will realize that their climate bawling after Corona is probably the last thing that will interest us.

In this respect, the dramatic development for our industry certainly has positive sides. Because we have to assume a multi-dimensional recession, many critics of our economic system, and especially the automotive industry, will have to hold back to slow down the recovery that is hopefully coming soon.

The e-consequence at Volkswagen is impressive

Volkswagen misses no opportunity to push the switch to electromobility, to force it and to communicate wherever possible. As an e-doubter, it is difficult to stay at a critical distance. When VW boss Diess announced the radical e-donation, nobody expected this consequence, which Volkswagen is now showing in all areas.

It has not yet been decided whether the battery vehicle will dominate the mass market or whether alternative developments - from synthetic fuel to hydrogen-powered fuel cells - will overtake the electric car with battery on the market. The crux for all automakers is that they will have to finance the change with combustion engines for a long time to come. With the i3 and i8 electric vehicles, BMW has demonstrated that you can be too early with an innovative product. The i3, which was presented at the same time in presentations around the world seven (!!) years ago with a communicative bang, aroused expectations for further e-vehicles or at least for extensive further development. But there was nothing more. The lake was quiet and the impression arose that BMW had shelved e-mobility. just like BMW did with the hydrogen twelve-cylinder in the 7 Series, which was developed close to series production, but sang and soundlessly was parked in the museum of dreamed-of visions.

New BMW logo: Absolutely successful, but inconsistent and full of contradictions

It seems to be a natural law: as soon as a new marketing boss comes into a company, the corporate identity is first revised - at least the “modernization” of the logo is commissioned by an agency. And as always, the new trend-setting design object is not only praised for its polarizing power, but sometimes criticized and asked whether this is necessary at all. Answer: yes, this is necessary because the world of perception and viewing habits also change. We don't just want to see new cars, we also want to see new shapes. In every detail.

New logos are always controversial at first. BMW Marketing Director Jens Thiemer is no different with the new BMW logo than his colleague Jochen Sengpiehl from Volkswagen, who presented the new VW logo with a "floating" W at the last IAA. One can rightly ask whether the customer is even aware of the creative hustle and bustle of optical changes. Nevertheless, I am convinced that these changes are required to signal that we are developing, we are not stopping. The customer may not consciously perceive these nuances of necessary change, but a logo also subtly radiates the orientation power of a brand in our subconscious.

Jens Meiners on BMW X5 M and X6 M: excessive performance at the top

They are vehicles in which self-proclaimed climate protectors and apostles of equality swell reliably: We are talking about the large SUVs, sorry, “SAV” models from the BMW range. By the way: Bayern have always been against the marketing mainstream when it comes to the term SUV and call their off-road vehicles Sports activity vehicles.

While the plug-in hybrids from BMW are allowed to put on a green coat on the patient paper on which the official consumption values ​​are printed and the diesel versions are actually characterized by amazingly good consumption values, there are now also the sporty derivatives of the M GmbH from Garching. As usual, they drive the demanding approach of both series to excess.

Volkswagen Caddy: a synthesis of a special kind

We have got used to the fact that small cars sometimes become crossovers, i.e. mini SUVs. With the world premiere in Düsseldorf, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has now shown that there can also be a perfect synthesis between cars and delivery vans. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has managed to push the synthesis between commercial vehicle and passenger car to the extreme.

The synthesis between delivery van and family car has been a VW specialty for around 40 years, and with the new digital caddy it is likely to move into the focus of many new car buyers. While the great ancestor of the new caddy, presented in 1978, was still a very primitive variant of the Golf at the time and was actually only intended for the USA as a rabbit, the fifth generation of this family and craftsman-friendly all-rounder is closer to the digital comfort zone Car than a mobile commodity with four wheels. When the experts refer here to the modular transverse matrix as a Caddy basis, the explanation is more concise that this is actually a Golf of the latest design with robust usability.

Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback: hot on ice

If you are driving in northern Sweden in February, vehicle control on the icy roads is not only a necessity, but also a source of the greatest driving pleasure. It's not for nothing that Audi presented its new RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback on a frozen lake. Their outstanding driving characteristics come into their own here particularly well.

At first it is difficult to get used to the slippery roads. With every oncoming truck you ask yourself the question: What if it skidded ...? In the new Audi, you will quickly get used to the fact that, thanks to the Quattro drive and spikes on the wheels, you remain in control. And you can clearly feel that the new generation RS Q3 far exceeds its predecessor in all criteria of driving dynamics.

The UTR association on the last program of "Hart aber fair": How the electricity supply in Germany is ruined

The association comments on the discussion at Hart but fair Environment technology law: “The first successes are proudly presented: The destruction of the intact power plants has already been ordered, electricity has already been drastically increased and blackouts have probably been made! Applause in the stands!

The climate cult is a very profitable business, even for dubious scientists. Trillions of euros are stolen from citizens for this business. Most citizens do not notice this because common sense has been completely obscured. "Gretel we thank you!"

Job cuts in the auto industry: And it gets worse

If you listen to the human resources departments of the automotive industry, it is not the climate catastrophe that is painted on the wall behind the scenes, but a “dramatic reduction in personnel that should only be communicated in slices.

This development will be confirmed by Daimler boss Olla Källenius at the balance sheet press conference on February 11th. "And it will get worse," an insider told us. It is bad enough that instead of the recently rumored loss of 10.000 Daimler jobs, there is now talk of 15.000.