German cars at a crossroads ahead of key showcase

Despite sleek new electric models like the Porsche Taycan, this week's Frankfurt Motor Show risks becoming a platform for protest rather than preening,

10th September, 2019
The Porsche Taycan is due to make its public debut in Frankfurt

Autos have made Germany into a global manufacturing powerhouse, but pollution concerns - intensified by Volkswagen’s 2015 diesel-cheating scandal - have sullied the reputation of a product that once embodied individual freedom.

More recently, trade woes and slowing economies have hit demand. The consequence is Germany’s car production slumping to the lowest level since at least 2010.

“Investors have been fearful about the industry’s prospects for a number of years, and the list...

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