As a flagship of the country's engineering skill and an export champion Volkswagen is of systemic importance to the German economy. Andreas Neuhaus finds out how deep VW's roots in German business and everyday culture reach.
That Bayern Munich are one of three teams with maximum points is no surprise, but the identity of the other two is. Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin have taken very different paths but both have impressed early in the season.
Volkswagen's core brand has reported record sales for July, stating that the number of cars shifted in Germany and Europe as a whole was particularly high. A looming new test procedure has much to do with it.
A huge emissions-cheating scandal, accusations of widespread collusion and now experiments exposing monkeys and people to diesel fume gases. The German car industry seems to be involved again, fears DW's Henrik Böhme.
With a new boss known for finding efficiencies installed at VW, it appears that change is coming for Europe's largest car group. Yet workers at the company’s Wolfsburg headquarters are calm and positive about the future.
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