They want very expensive luxury cars, like the new Mercedes-Maybach SUV. But some want car sharing possibilities, bookable per app. More and more tech companies in China are investing in the automobile industry, and changing the branch radically.
It took social and political pressure to get the automotive industry to develop more climate friendly cars. Ironically SUVs have become an essential part of carmakers' efforts to turn green.
Economy Minister Peter Altmaier and President Vladimir Putin met at the new plant near Moscow where Mercedes-Benz cars are to be made. Chancellor Merkel's office stressed it was not a return to business as usual.
The Daimler chairman with the walrus mustache is one of the few German CEOs that is instantly recognizable. Set to retire after 13 years, he leaves behind a company struggling to be relevant in a digital world.
The Federal Transport Authority is seeking a recall of 19,000 SUVs in Germany after discovering the luxury vehicles emitted excessive pollutants due to cheating software. Other countries are expected to follow suit.
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