VDA - Verband der Automobilindustrie

The different faces of the automotive industry 2013

Every year the automobile industry generates a turnover of 263,140 billion euros and is one of the biggest training providers in the country. It puts more than 20 billion euros annually into research and development, applies for ten patents a day, making Germany the "Land of Ideas”. Our automobiles are an expression of the inventive spirit, of striving for perfection, of a sense of responsibility, of capability, and of passion.

German automobile innovations are at home all over the world, as is our greatest invention: The automobile itself. This success has many faces. Around 750,000 people work in the German automobile sector, in research and development, in production, in management and administration, or in sales and marketing. Without them, we would not be what we are today, the most successful and most innovative automobile nation in the world. It is our pleasure to present some of these amazing, dedicated, and successful people here. And to all of them, we say: Thank you.