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Today Dr. Ing. E.h. Bernard Krone was given honorary membership of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in recognition of his outstanding services as long-serving VDA Vice-president and chairman of the Manufacturer Group "Trailers, Special Bodies and Buses.”
The global passenger car market was buoyant in October: the Chinese market increased by one third, while sales in the US grew by nearly 11 per cent, and in Japan by a good 18 per cent. The Western European market continued its recovery, expanding by just over 4 per cent.
This year German cars have once again come top in the quality and reliability rankings, right across the board from AutoMarxX and the ADAC breakdown statistics to the TÜV Report. These successes are the result of the German automotive industry’s untiring efforts to continue raising the quality of its products and processes
The Managing Board of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) elected Arndt G. Kirchhoff, CEO of Kirchhoff Holding GmbH & Co. KG, to the VDA’s Presiding Board for Manufacturer Group III (vehicle parts and accessories) at its meeting on 13 November 2013.
The VDA has criticised the European Commission’s decision to initiate an in-depth review of Germany’s trade surplus to investigate "macro-economic imbalances.” Matthias Wissmann, VDA President, said, "The export surplus is not the result of political intervention in the market, but of a competitiveness that the German companies work on every day."
Germany has come in for criticism. This is not – as in many other countries – an accusation of protectionism. Instead, it is Germany’s strength in exports that Washington and Brussels object to. They complain that Germany’s trade surplus is maintaining the existing imbalances in Europe, while the country’s domestic demand is too weak.
"The limit value set for the year 2020, of 147 g CO2/km, is exceptionally challenging and will demand a good deal from our companies, without being excessive. This Regulation is reasonable because it is oriented on what is economically and technically feasible,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
In October 2013, in all 265,400 new passenger cars were registered in Germany. This is a rise of a good 2 per cent. October 2013 had the same number of working days as the same month last year. During the first ten months of this year the volume of new registrations in Germany slightly exceeded 2.48 million cars (-5 per cent).
The West European car market continued its recovery course in September. New car sales rose by 5.4 percent to a good 1.1 million units. Spain in particular surprised the market with a steep rise of 28.5 percent. New car sales climbed In France too (+3.4 percent).
"Saarland is the third largest automotive supplier centre in Germany. This small federal state plays a major role in the automotive industry. One in every two Euros of total turnover in Saarland's industry originates from the automotive sector", stressed Klaus Bräunig.
The VDA welcomes the call from the "Bodewig Commission” to increase investment funding from the German federal budget by an annual 2.7 billion euro. Recognising the necessity of a needs-oriented infrastructure for all modes of transport is an important signal at the beginning of the new parliamentary session.
Electric mobility and connectivity form the focus – 159 world premiers – weekend visitors expected t
The IAA ends on Sunday at 7 p.m. But today we can already establish that this IAA is a total success! The world‘s most important trade fair for mobility has sent out two very strong signals for innovation: electric mobility and the connected vehicle!
The IAA "WorkING” sessions for students are arousing a huge amount of interest. Today and tomorrow around 250 students are obtaining information about starting a career at automotive manufacturers or supply companies. WorkING is a workshop for upcoming engineers. They are given the opportunity to talk in a relaxed setting with company representatives from technical and personnel departments.
"Our children – initiative for road safety” – this is the slogan for the newly founded joint initiative of the ADAC (German automobile club), the road safety organisation Deutsche Verkehrswacht and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). The three partners have set themselves the task of actively promoting children’s safety in road traffic.
Brilliant sunshine, radiant smiles: Heribert Rink (55) and his daughter Michaela (25) are in the best of moods when they are picked up on Thursday morning and driven right up to the gates of the IAA in a silver metallic Porsche Panamera S. Today they are the VIPs at the "world’s most automobile show.”
Today’s IAA specialist event entitled "Customs and excise taxes in the car sector” illustrated the challenges facing the globally active automotive industry in the field of import duty. "Import duties represent a huge operational challenge for all internationally oriented companies...".
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.
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).
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.
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