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.
Revenge is a dish best served cold, they say. Volkswagen seem to have kept that in mind in dealing with errant supplier Prevent, which halted VW production lines in 2016. They have reportedly cut ties with the group.
Before the Frankfurt Motor Show opened, car company bosses were read the riot act by the chancellor. Now the show is open to the public, but it is still much too early to speak of a turning point, says Henrik Böhme.
After bringing Fiat back from the brink, boss Sergio Marchionne was looking for another challenge and audaciously took over Chrysler in 2009. Amazingly and against all odds, he was able to turn both leviathans around.
Beijing is hosting the World Robot Conference. Behind every soccer-playing robot is a real-life business application.
A migration official said the introverted nature of the 18-year-old refugee was at odds with homosexuals "being rather social." The young man feared for his safety in Afghanistan, where homosexuality is illegal.
Confirmation of the German caretaker's death means the camp's owners could be prosecuted for involuntary homicide. A flash flood swept through the camp forcing the evacuation of more than a hundred children.
An unusually long period of heat and drought, especially in northern and eastern Germany, has seen river water levels fall to the lowest in years. Farmers are seeking help as their crops wither in the fields.
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