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Recommendations for action from the German Government promote sustainable mobility and strengthen Germany as an industrial location
Berlin, 12 June 2013. "The German Government’s Mobility and Fuel Strategy can make a valuable contribution to achieving the very ambitious targets for saving CO2 and energy,” said VDA President Matthias Wissmann, commenting on the strategy passed by the Cabinet today.
Berlin, 10 June 2013. "A mobile society is essential to growth and employment, and thus to prosperity. This prosperity has to be safeguarded and expanded. The German automotive industry is making a contribution here because it has a major influence on the economic development and export strength of our country and is the number one motor driving innovation
The compensation for disadvantages associated with electric vehicles is a major step on the way to establishing electric cars on the German market. This undoes the effects of higher taxes to date on electric vehicles used as company cars, and that creates a reliable context for planning. Anyone who chooses an electric vehicle for their company car is now no longer at a tax disadvantage.
Totalling 261,300 new registrations, the passenger car market in Germany contracted once again – after a slight upturn last month. May sales of new cars showed a year-on-year fall of nearly 10 per cent. However, this year May had one working day less than the same month in 2012. Since the beginning of this year new registrations have decreased by around 9 per cent to a good 1.2 million vehicles.
"Today electric driving is no longer a vision, but a reality. Thousands of vehicles are already on our roads, and by the end of next year the German manufacturers will have at least 16 electrified series models on sale,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
Bonn/Berlin, 23 May 2013. "The importance to Germany of industrial small and medium-sized enterprises with their family businesses cannot be regarded highly enough. This sector accounts for around 80 per cent of jobs, making it the strongest pillar of the German economy,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
At the German Government’s International Conference entitled "Electric Mobility Going Global” on 27 and 28 May 2013 in Berlin, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) is offering interested visitors a chance to sit behind the wheel of an electric car.
In April the major passenger car markets were generally buoyant. China expanded by 19 per cent, while the USA increased by more than 8 per cent. Passenger car sales in Brazil soared by almost 30 per cent. The Western European passenger car market recorded a slight rise for the first time since September 2011. Only in Russia and India did demand decrease (by 8 per cent in both cases).
Berlin, 15 May 2013. Russia continues to become more important for the German automotive industry. "One fifth of all passenger cars newly registered in Russia bear a German group badge. In Russia, too, we are pursuing a successful two-pillar strategy – based on exports from German plants and simultaneous establishment and expansion of local assembly,” said Dr Kay Lindemann
More and more historic vehicles are running on German roads. At the turn of the year 254,053 passenger cars had "H” registration plates. This was almost 10 per cent up on the previous year. In total Germany has around 285,000 vehicles with H-plates – alongside passenger cars they include motorcycles, commercial vehicles, tractors and other vehicles.
The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) made the following statement on today’s vote in the Environment Committee of the European Parliament on the CO2 regulation for light commercial vehicles.
In April 2013, 284,500 new passenger cars were registered in Germany. This represents year-on-year growth of around 4 per cent. However, this year April had two more working days than it did in 2012. Since the beginning of the year new registrations have fallen by nearly 9 per cent to 958,500 units.
The German manufacturers and suppliers currently lead global competition in innovation. This is the main finding of the recent study of innovation by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). Matthias Wissmann, President of the VDA commented, "Our industry has more than ever absorbed the fact that research and innovation are the keys to a successful future!"
Berlin, 24 April 2013. Commenting on today’s vote by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament on the CO2 regulation for passenger cars, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) declared: EU sets strictest limit value world-wide – alternative drive trains are necessary
With 30 exhibitors – all of them highly expert and innovative suppliers – the German pavilion is larger and more comprehensive than it was two years ago. Several major supply companies from Germany also have their own exhibition stands here in Shanghai.
Berlin, 17 April 2013. In March global sales of passenger cars once again showed mixed results. In the USA sales of light vehicles increased (+3 per cent), while double-digit expansion of the Chinese passenger car market (+20 per cent) reinforced its importance as a driver of growth in world-wide demand for passenger cars.
In March 2013, 281,200 passenger cars were newly registered in Germany. That represents a fall of 17 per cent compared with the same month last year. However, owing to this year’s Easter holiday, March had two fewer working days in 2013 than in 2012. "The drop is therefore especially marked in comparison to the very respectable figures for March 2012,” stressed Matthias Wissmann.
In view of the high diesel and petrol prices, Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), has warned against making individual mobility even more expensive. "Right now, during the holiday period, the consumers will once again have to reach deep into their pockets,” Wissmann said.
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