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A free trade agreement between the EU and the USA will boost business on both sides of the Atlantic, create growth and jobs, and thus help overcome the continuing crisis,” stated Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
Car IT, the connected vehicle, is – alongside electric mobility – the major innovative focus of this IAA. The exciting innovations can be seen in impressive displays at almost all the stands of manufacturers and suppliers here at the IAA. The German automotive industry is deeply committed to consistently driving forward the digital revolution both in and around the car,” stressed Wissmann.
Electric driving is no longer a vision, but reality. The automotive future can already be experienced. That is very clear at this IAA,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). He was speaking to around 400 international guests at the "Electric Mobility Congress” held at the 65th IAA Cars in Frankfurt.
In August dynamic developments on the global passenger car markets were once again driven by the two growth engines, the USA and China. In the USA demand for light vehicles rose by 17 per cent, while in China passenger car sales climbed by over 16 per cent. This means that by the end of August both countries had broken through the 10 million mark.
"Even if the German economy is currently doing well compared to the rest of Europe, Germany cannot rest on its laurels, and that includes the area of tax policy. Germany cannot afford new increases in taxation and other levies. This applies in particular to the revival of the wealth tax and the introduction of a wealth levy,” stressed Klaus Bräunig.
The 65th IAA Cars covered the growth market for financial services in a major symposium held on Monday at the world‘s leading trade show for mobility. Financing and leasing are becoming ever more closely linked with the automotive business.
A special treat for automobile enthusiasts awaits in Hall 5 at the IAA. Here they will find the world of Brabus. For many years the car maker has enjoyed a reputation for its high performance vehicles. For example, the Brabus 850 6.0 twin turbo "iBusiness” is causing a stir at the IAA.
In its first few days the world’s most important mobility trade fair has already confirmed its reputation as a crowd-puller. Although the weather left something to be desired, by Sunday afternoon far more than 300,000 automobile fans had already come to Frankfurt to experience the 159 world premieres and other attractions at this leading automotive trade show.
Tomorrow is the big day: the 65th IAA Cars opens its doors to car lovers from all over the world. For two days almost 11,500 journalists from 99 countries have reported on the IAA. The Press Days on Tuesday and Wednesday were followed by two popular Trade Days (12 and 13 September) with large numbers of visitors and events.
One of the most exciting questions was at the focus of the IAA symposium that the IKB (Deutsche Industriebank AG) and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) held at the world’s leading motor show in Frankfurt on Friday. The topic chosen was "The supply industry in the process of internationalisation – future prospects for Germany.”
After Chancellor Angela Merkel declared the 65th IAA Cars open in the CMF before a large number of high-ranking guests, there followed the traditional opening walking tour of the IAA. In the Festhalle, Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, received the Chancellor and explained to her the new Mercedes-Benz S 500 plug-in hybrid.
"The world’s most automobile show demonstrates that this is the industry of innovation. Around 1,100 exhibitors from 35 nations are unveiling 159 world premieres at the world’s most important motor show, the 65th IAA Cars. Only the IAA offers such a glittering display of innovation ,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
"Germany is a strong, innovative automotive location. If we are to remain viable for the future, we will need the politicians to put stable and reliable framework conditions in place, and secure, skilled jobs.” This was the message from Berthold Huber and Matthias Wissmann as they opened the IAA symposium arranged jointly by the two organisations.
The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the German Design Council are presenting the VDA Design Awards for the sixth time. The laureates are from Sweden, India, Australia and Germany.
At the press conference of the German pavilion at the Comtrans commercial vehicles trade fair in Moscow, Dr Kay Lindemann, Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, stated: Russia is continuing to gain in significance for the German commercial vehicle industry, something which is particularly clear here at the Comtrans in Moscow.
The 65th IAA 2013 is "the world’s most automobile show.” That is the IAA slogan. The slogan is backed up by facts and figures: there is no other motor show anywhere in the world with more premieres, more new developments or more innovation. Visitors will not find "more automobile” anywhere else. They can look forward to 159 world premieres, 70 of them by manufacturers and 65 by suppliers.
In August the US market increased by 17 per cent to 1.5 million light vehicles (passenger cars and light trucks), turning in the best monthly result since May 2007. "This means that after only eight months the market has already broken through the 10 million mark. US customers are in the mood for buying automobiles,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the VDA.
In August 2013 a total of 214,100 passenger cars were newly registered on the German market. That represents a fall of 5 per cent in comparison with the same month last year. However, August this year had one less working day than August 2012. After seasonal adjustment, the volume of registrations is roughly equal to that seen last year.
Advance ticket sales for the International Motor Show (IAA) Cars are doing better than ever. "So far 40 per cent more tickets for the IAA have been sold in advance this year than in 2011. And although of course that cannot be seen as a forecast of visitor numbers, the keen advance sales are an initial indication that the IAA will be well visited,” said VDA President Matthias Wissmann.
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