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All articles by Christian Domke Seidel

BYD aims for Germany
The Chinese EV manufacturer BYD also wants to gain a foothold in Europe. This fall, the brand's cars are to be sold in Germany for the first time. This marks a slow revolution in the domestic market of several premium brands. continue reading →
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Daimler between electric mobility and luxury
Mercedes wants to become more luxurious, raise its profit margins and expand electromobility. But whether all this can be done simultaneously also depends on its key market, China. continue reading →
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Why chips remain scarce
The automotive industry will still be suffering under the chip shortage in 2024. This is the conclusion of a study by management consultants AlixPartners. One solution could be investments along the value chain. But there is no guarantee of success there either. continue reading →
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Hydrogen mobility remains a dream for now
For a long time, hydrogen mobility was considered pioneering. But the reality is different. Both hydrogen itself and the energy behind it are needed for other applications, not for cars. continue reading →
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Cariad: VW’s software project is years behind
A McKinsey analysis predicts Volkswagen will lose billions due to delays in its Cariad software division. Added to this are problems in China and growing competition. For example, from Apple. continue reading →
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Rescue package for airline industry
The Covid crisis has also affected China's airline industry. It is now facing new challenges: High fuel costs, a weak yuan, and image problems following a plane crash are complicating the recovery. A government aid package is intended to provide relief. continue reading →
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Geely saves Smart
The Smart brand is about to undergo a fundamental change. Together with Geely, Mercedes is turning everything upside down: production, technology, sales and the car itself. In the end, the Smart #1 will be sold in both Europe and China. continue reading →
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by Christian Domke Seidel
Cariad China decides the future of VW
Volkswagen plans to invest €30 billion in the digitization of its vehicles by 2026. The software subsidiary Cariad will be in charge of this. But things are not going according to plan. Especially not in China, the group's main market. But Volkswagen's subsidiary has big plans for the future. continue reading →
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Digitalization puts pressure on China’s car dealerships
Cars are hardly ever bought online. Not even by the otherwise digital-savvy Chinese customers. But new business models and vehicles could lead to a change. German manufacturers try to lead the way. continue reading →
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by Christian Domke Seidel