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Mattes: German automotive industry clearly leads on quality

Berlin, 20 November 2018

15th VDA-QMC quality summit in the automotive industry – Large sums invested in electric mobility – Latest TÜV Report reveals the lasting quality of German group brands

“We want low-emission drivetrain solutions for every location and every application. The German automotive industry is making the greatest efforts to further this aim. In the period up to 2020, our companies will invest a total of 40 billion euros in electric mobility alone. Today one third of all patents worldwide for electric mobility and hybrid drive come from Germany. By 2020 the German OEMs will more than treble their range of e-cars – from the current 30 models to 100,” declared Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). He was speaking at the opening of the 15th VDA-QMC quality summit meeting of the automotive industry in Berlin.

The annual quality summit is Germany’s most important conference on automotive quality management. This year the two-day event (on November 20 and 21) with approximately 200 international participants has the slogan “Real Quality Management in the Digital Age.” A welcome address from the VDA president was followed by keynote speeches delivered by Dr. Jörg Burzer, Head of Quality Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler AG, Prof. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, professor of mobile and distributed systems at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, and Prof. Thomas Prefi, Managing Director of the P3 group GmbH.

“The latest TÜV Report shows quite clearly that passenger cars from German makers are leaders when it comes to quality. Among the two to three-year-old cars, nine of the top ten places go to German brands! And among older vehicles (in the categories four to five years, six to seven years, and eight to nine years), too, in each case first, second and third place are all taken by German models. This result underscores the lasting high quality of products from our companies,” Mattes stressed.

“No matter whether you’re looking at digitization or connected and automated driving, zero-emission powertrains or mobility services – the German automotive industry is facing a huge process of transformation: as drivers of technology we are particularly challenged in these times. Around the world, vehicles ‘Made in Germany’ are regarded as synonymous with quality. Our aspiration is that this should remain so in the future. Yet the post-2020 CO2 target values currently under discussion in Brussels for passenger cars and vans will pose more great challenges for us,” the VDA president said. Some major factors were not being given sufficient consideration in this debate: customer acceptance of electric mobility, the still insufficient charging infrastructure and the falling sales of diesel models with low CO2 values.

On the subject of diesels, Mattes said, “We have a responsibility and we will live up to it. During recent months, the German automotive industry has instituted a whole package of measures to rapidly improve the urban air quality. They include software updates, cooperative projects with the cities affected, financial participation in the German Government’s funding program, and wide-ranging offers for swift replacement of the passenger car fleet with new vehicles and nearly-new second-hand cars.” He added that the three German OEMs have agreed to make offers of their own for the period after 2020 to ensure that current diesel users can remain mobile.

“The quality of vehicles from German group brands is the foundation for our international competitiveness. We will devote all our energy to maintaining this competitiveness and developing sustainable mobility for the future,” the VDA president emphasized.

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