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German auto chief Bernhard Mattes on what's at IAA 2019

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This also includes extending the environmental bonus. Competitors exist around the globe. One factor supporting the good position enjoyed by the German automotive industry in China is the fact that most of our cars for China are built here. Chinese customers are especially interested in digitization. It makes it clear to everybody that free trade and the removal of trade barriers are of very great importance to significant parts of the world.

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Bernhard Mattes to succeed Matthias Wissmann as VDA President

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First, there are the aspects of climate protection, electric mobility and other alternative powertrains. . Mattes called on Chancellor Angela Merkel's shaky ruling coalition to get its act together and help companies to better master the structural changes in the car industry that also include trends lile digitisation and autonomous driving. The New Mobility World will give these five important topics a dedicated platform where decision-makers and designers provide information on how traffic, mobility and logistics can become more efficient, greener and smarter. In 2018, employment in the car industry in Germany reached 834,000, its highest level since 1991.

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Mattes: German automotive industry invests heavily in climate protection

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First, he explained, there are many different types of vans whose construction also varies widely — resulting in differences in consumption. Over the next three years our companies will be investing around 18 billion euros in digitization and connected and automated driving. In this decade, the German manufacturers have kept up with the high speed of growth. However, it would take more than attractive products to achieve the very ambitious targets of around 7 to 10. The targets are roughly double those that the industry considers very ambitious, but feasible. The electricity grids also had to be prepared for the rise in electric mobility.

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The only way we can achieve the climate goals is to view the shift as a holistic task for the whole of society. That is the only way that we can also secure employment in Germany. Just waiting is not an option, because a standstill is a step backward. Initially, he said, attention would be focused mainly on electric mobility. Up to the end of April they increased their passenger car production in China by 8 percent. Another challenge is that free trade is coming under increasing pressure.

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More than one new car in five sold in China comes from a German brand. Yet it would be a mistake to project a linear continuation of this trend. Three out of four passenger cars rolling off production lines in Germany are destined for export. The promotion of investment in vehicles with alternative powertrains must be given a firm basis. We need modern free trade agreements, and we need the elimination of non-tariff trade barriers. In the coming years, German manufacturers will launch a large number of electric models onto the market, in many segments.

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Bernhard Mattes: Aktuelle News der FAZ zum VDA

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Light commercial vehicles in Western Europe showed a rise of 4 percent in the first five months of this year. Mattes believes an integrated approach is necessary to meet the challenges lying ahead. M anufacturers can not overcome the challenges on their own. Obstacles must be removed swiftly. Specific local measures in all municipalities are equally important.

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