On January 29, 1886 Carl Benz registered a patent on a motorized carriage, starting what became a booming industry and more than a century love affair with the automobile. DW takes a look at the many facets of the car.
The car has been down a long and occasionally rocky road. What began 125 years ago in Germany as a humble vehicle with a top speed of 18 km/h has evolved into today's high-performance autos tearing down the autobahn.
Germans' love affair with the auto is so well known, it's become cliché. But in fact, younger people don't have the connection to cars they once did, which is not good news for automakers.
At first glance, 2010 car sales in Germany look downright gloomy. But analysts say the figures are deceiving and project 2011 will be one of the industry's best years ever.
German officials say that the prototype has set a new record on a single charge. BMW and Volkswagen have also said that they will sell their first electric cars within three years.
As Google engineers and Italian scientists take on autonomous cars, so too does a group in Berlin. They hope to kickstart the industry with new kinds of cars within a decade or sooner.
Oliver Kuttner's 320-kilogram car gets 102 miles per gallon of fuel, or 43 kilometers per liter. He and the Edison2 team were awarded the Auto XPrize energy efficiency.
Hermann Mack has motor oil running through his veins. The 51-year-old lives and works as a car mechanic in a small town deep in Bavaria.
How important is automotive design in a world that is placing ever more significance on environmentally friendly propulsion? Deutsche Welle interviewed Audi's chief designer, Stefan Sielaff.
The car industry is becoming a giant web of special relationships, joint ventures and mergers. Partnerships are intensifying as smaller companies with a large range of models struggle to stay abreast of technology.
Any car you can drive on the road has probably been put through its paces on a race circuit. Motorsport may not be automotive Genesis, as some would argue, but it's a crucial technological and promotional proving ground.
Inspecting cars for faults or damage was not exactly Andreas Scherschel's childhood dream. But today, the inspection engineer and assessor is passionate about his job – mainly, because he's his own boss.
The southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, well-known for its car industry, is the backbone of the German economy. Is it ready for the future? Nina Haase and Sumi Somaskanda went to find out.
Two years of leaks about emissions cheating and pollution fears have damaged Germany's standing as the world leader in car production. But analysts think the scandal could have surprising positives for the industry.
The German premium carmaker and the world's largest automotive supplier have announced a partnership in the race to build self-driving cars, with their first automated taxi planned to hit the road early next decade.
The top US trade negotiator has described China's industrial policy as a "serious problem" for the American economy.
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Germany's foreign minister to "know your limits" amid a spat over Germany's upcoming election. Erdogan has called on ethnic Turks to vote against the CDU and SPD.
Police are suspecting a missing imam of radicalizing the youths who drove cars into pedestrians in Catalonia, Spanish media reports. Islamic clerics in Ripoll, the home town of the assailants, condemned the attacks.
Police in Munich have raided the home of a left-wing activist who posted the flag of Kurdish militia YPG to Facebook. The YPG has helped German intelligence and receives arms from the US military in Syria.
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