The German car industry is one of the pillars of the country's economy.
Hiring, firing, new models, sales figures, recalls, trade fairs, electric motoring, fuel efficiency and more - this is a collection of DW's latest content pertaining to the auto industry, in Germany and beyond.
Nordic countries are often seen as very environmentally friendly. Norway, for example, is the undisputed leader in electric cars. But the region's auto industry got a shock recently when two researchers went on a mystery shopping tour of 80 car dealers across Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland. More often than not they were told not to buy electric models. Nik Martin reports.
European countries are trying to cut down on car exhaust fumes — they are implementing driving bans or are boosting public transport to rid cities of heavy polluters. But these polluters don't simply just disappear. Sometimes, old, second-hand cars — which are often the worst polluters — don't end up on the scrap heap here, but are exported to Africa instead.
China's Ningbo Jifeng has reached agreement to buy out German auto parts maker Grammer, in a deal that marks the latest Chinese acquisition of European technology and is likely to face close scrutiny from EU regulators.