Monday, November 09, 2015


This is the badge of my trusted old beetle, which I drove from Heidelberg to London in 1984 for my 6-month placement with Ove Arup.

Meanwhile, the German satirical magazine Der Postillion reckons that the original beetle was probably the last VW car with correct emissions readings. See article (in German) here.

On a more serious note, a German columnist reckons the best way forward would be to let VW go bust and transform it into a future-oriented company in state ownership, focussing on electric cars and e-mobility. See Spiegel article (in German) here.

The front page of the 30 October issue of the German engineering weekly vdi nachrichten reports on its front page that the Made in Germany brand has been severely damaged. Hmm, yes – pretty obvious really...