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The year 2013 once again confirmed the remarkable rise in popularity of white as the colour for new cars. In 2006 less than 2 per cent of all newly registered passenger cars in Germany were white, but since then the proportion has risen continually.
The German automotive industry has set a new record for its expenditure on research and development for the fourth time in succession. In 2012 manufacturers and suppliers spent a total of 23.5 billion euro (including external expenditure). That represents a rise of nearly 6 per cent compared with last year.
Most young people in Germany want to have their own car, according to a study carried out by TNS Infratest, a renowned institute for market and opinion research in Germany. In the study, 1,000 men and women aged 18 or over were asked about their attitudes to cars. For 80 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds, owning their first car is "something really special.”
The international passenger car markets proved to be in a very good mood in November. Passenger car sales in China rose by nearly one quarter last month. Positive growth was also seen in demand on the traditional automotive markets: the US light vehicle market expanded by almost 9 per cent, while Japan recorded an increase of around 17 per cent.
The number of "classic cars” (new and established historic vehicles) has been continuously increasing over the last five years – by an average of 8 percent per annum – and now exceeds 6.5 million vehicles.
This coalition agreement must result in stable government work – a stable majority is not everything. We welcome the fact that at least tax burdens are not going to increase and that German industry is being given fundamental importance. However, this on its own is not sufficient for leading our country into a robust economic future.
The Technical University of Berlin is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Quality Management Department at its Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management. In his speech at today’s celebratory colloquium, Dr Ulrich Eichhorn announced that a new chair in "Quality Strategy and Quality Competence” at the TU Berlin would be created with sponsorship from the VDA’s Quality Management Center.
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.
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