Book review: "Golden Times" by Harald Kaiser - a "must read"

There are few car books that are not only on the bookshelf, but should be read. This book should be read by everyone who is interested in post-war automotive history. Ex-star reporter and head of department Harald Kaiser communicates the success story of the automobile in Germany and the world with his “look in the rear-view mirror” in an exciting and fascinating way.

H2 - the fuel of the future? - The combustion engine can live forever with hydrogen

KEYOU founder Thomas Korn

BMW already demonstrated 25 years ago in the Clean Energy project that hydrogen can also be burned in the combustion engine. The project has left the show stage, but the internal combustion engine with hydrogen has been a reality again for several years. Thanks to the Munich start-up KEYOU, which (initially) developed a hydrogen burner for commercial vehicles.

Even the federal government has abandoned the focus on its single-track battery electromobility in favor of technology openness and pushed hydrogen technology to the top of the future agenda. Since hydrogen can be used to generate electricity in the fuel cell and can also drive a combustion engine as a substitute for gasoline or diesel, hydrogen seems to have more than just opportunities as the fuel of the future.

Is the VW power struggle Herbert Diess decided against Bernd Osterloh or is the change of leadership a victory without a winner?

Nobody really believes what the PR heralds of the Volkswagen group announce: that Volkswagen ex-boss Herbert Diess has given the top job as brand boss in order to get "more freedom for his tasks as group boss" and to "focus on the big one" Whole “to be able to concentrate. This misunderstands: Volkswagen as a brand is the big picture! Is it a wise decision to disempower Herbert Diess? In any case, this decision is the clear signal that VW cannot be ruled against the works council.

Storm in a water glass ?: VW video is not racism, but insensitive

So much ashes on the heads of those responsible could not even be noticed in terms of the Diesel Gate. The dust cloud will remain visible over Wolfsburg for a long time. Nevertheless, if you seriously believe (e) that the controversial VW commercial with a flicked-out colored one stems from racism, it has not only been since the online press conference on June 11.06th. not correct. But what everyone learned (should) from the case: It is not a question of which message is to be conveyed, but how it can be understood.

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.

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!"