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.
Facing their biggest scandal in recent history, German automakers are scrambling to save face. Environmentalists view their overtures with skepticism, but say recent developments point to a tipping point on the horizon.
Germany has a reputation for innovation, with countless groundbreaking inventions coming from the minds of its citizens. Here's a look at 10 things you may not have known were invented in Germany.
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.
Dealers at the Marché de Telephone in Bamako give old cellphones a new lease of life.
A crowdfunding campaign to sue the British government over the denial of votes to UK-based European nationals has hit its initial target. Hundreds registered complaints after their names were crossed off voter lists.
Polling stations in 21 EU states are set to open — seven states have already voted. Once the ballots are counted, the new EU Parliament is expected to drift slightly to the right, as Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.
Police imposed strict conditions on a march by a far-right party contesting the EU elections, amid concerns over anti-Semitism. Counterprotesters outnumbered participants in the extremist political group's rally.
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