BMW is sending 20,000 employees on short-time working: The Bavarian automobile group is initially stopping production of its cars in Germany until April 19. BMW has sent 20,000 of its employees on short-time work. The plants in Dingolfing, Munich, Regensburg and Leipzig are affected. In Steyr, Austria, however, the engine plant is to resume work starting next Monday. The SUV plant in Spartanburg/USA will start production immediately after Easter.

Production at Porsche is at a standstill longer than initially planned: In mid-March, Porsche wanted to stop work at the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and Leipzig plants, initially for two weeks — short-time work…


Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese government has taken strict measures to contain the spread of the virus, which have so far, proved effective. Several provinces have announced that business and factories are now permitted to reopen, gradually. Meanwhile, in order to minimize the impact on foreign investment, a series of new policies have been announced.

1. Assistance and support for foreign-invested projects from local government

In order to promote foreign investment in China, the National Development and Reform Commission released the Notice on Deepening the Reform and Doing the Foreign-invested Projects related Work Well in Response to the…


- Daimler applies for short-time work in production and administration: Daimler is responding to the Corona crisis and applies for short-time work from April 6 to 17 for the majority of the Group’s 170,000 employees in production and administration. Production at Daimler has been at a standstill since the beginning of this week.

- A claim for damages in the three-digit million range against VW: Volkswagen is again confronted with claims for damages. This time the Israeli mobility service Gett is suing the global corporation. The reason cited is broken contractual agreements. …


The corona virus spreads fear everywhere in Germany, not only in terms of health, but also economically. Many companies have been forced to close down or temporarily suspend operations due to a decline in orders. New income is no longer generated, while costs for employees, rent and the like remain.

According to the Munich-based Ifo Institute, the coronavirus crisis could cost Germany more than half a trillion euros and more than a million jobs. Depending on the scenario, the economy shrinks by 7.2 to 20.6 percentage points. This corresponds to costs of 255 to 729 billion euros. Up to 1.8…


The cabinet meeting of the Climate Protection Committee took place on Friday, 20.09.2019. The objective was to reduce emissions from transport by 40–42% (i.e. 98–95 million tonnes of CO2) by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. This is to be achieved by promoting electro mobility, strengthening the railways and CO2 pricing. This brings some relief for commuters because, from 2021, the flat rate for long-distance commuters will be raised to 35 cents from the 21st kilometre. To this end, more charging points for electric cars are to be set up by 2025 through appropriate measures. By 2025, company car taxation for…


By 2022, new cars produced in the EU will only come off the production line after being equipped with a series of intelligent systems to prevent accidents. These include Intelligent Speed Adaption (ISA) systems, which read speed limits (and/or obtain the relevant information from navigation systems), or so-called Speed Limit (Information) systems, which inform about the maximum permitted speed and, if necessary, limit the speed of the vehicle upwards (at a certain speed, no further increase is permitted).

In principle, one differentiates between intervening systems and (only) assisting systems. What makes ISA systems preferable to pure speed limiters (or speed…


Bis zum Jahr 2022 sollen in der EU neu produzierte Autos nur noch nach Ausstattung mit einer Reihe intelligenter Systemen zur Unfallvermeidung vom Band gehen. Dazu zählen Intelligent Speed Adaption (ISA) Systeme, die Geschwindigkeitsbeschränkungen ablesen (und/oder die entsprechende Information aus den Navigationssystemen beziehen), oder sogenannter Speed Limit (Information) Systeme, welche über die erlaubte Höchstgeschwindigkeit informieren und ggf. die Geschwindigkeit des Fahrzeugs nach oben begrenzen (bei einer bestimmten Geschwindigkeit keine weitere Erhöhung zulassen).

Prinzipiell unterscheidet man zwischen intervenierenden Systemen und (nur) assistierenden Systemen. Was ISA-Systeme gegenüber reinen Speed Limiters vorzugswürdig erscheinen lassen, ist das technische Detail, die Höchstgeschwindigkeit an die vor…


China’s national legislature on March 15, 2019 passed the foreign investment law at the closing meeting of its annual session.

The Foreign Investment Law will replace the Law on Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Venture, the Law on Sino-Foreign Contractual Joint Ventures and the Law on Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises. It establishes the basic institutional framework for the foreign capital in the new era and becomes the basic law for foreign investment in China.

The highlights of the new Foreign Investment Law are as follows:

1. Administrative system of pre-establishment national treatment plus negative list

According to Article 4, foreign investors and…


Current trends at the Auto Show in Shanghai and the Car Symposium: Whilst one of the titles of the auto show was that the car becomes digital — the impression is very much that all what concerns right now is electrified driving. Contrary to the suppliers, the car makers present more electrified driving than autonomous driving, or even anything around advanced driver assistance systems. Leading component producers have presented their AD driving systems, be it late Level 2, or rather Level 3/4 prototypes. This slight imbalance leaves the impression under us that electrified driving is one step ahead of autonomous…

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