Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess believes that Germany has a competitive advantage that it should not give up lightly. By this he means a non-existent general speed limit on the German autobahn, which has been discussed more widely in recent days.
“Like no other country, Germany stands for individual freedom. No matter where you are in the world, everyone raves about the feeling of freedom on German highways”, said Diess to him Handelsblatt. The debate about a speed limit must be conducted openly. “We would give up a lot if we – as suggested by the Greens and the SPD – were to limit ourselves to 130 kilometers per hour.”
The free highways have produced a lot of engineering skill, they offer optimal conditions, especially for premium manufacturers. That is why the premium segment is almost entirely in German hands. In the USA, with its speed limit of 55 mph (almost 90 km / h), there are twice as many road deaths as in Germany. In view of the technical developments such as traffic control systems and autonomous driving, Diess cannot imagine that there will still be significant traffic accidents in 15 years.
CxU and FDP against it, SPD, Left and Greens for it
If a speed limit were to be introduced after the upcoming federal election, his group would be prepared, because Volkswagen is already exporting to countries with speed limits. And in the electric world that Volkswagen is heading towards, people drive more slowly anyway because the cars lose range at higher speeds.
The CDU and CSU Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet recently described the discussion about a speed limit as nonsensical. “We don’t need any bans or ideologies, we rely on reason and innovation,” he told the RND. In its future program, the SPD stated that it wanted to introduce a speed limit of 130 km / h. FDP vice chairman Wolfgang Kubicki replied to the Greens co-leader Robert Habeck: “Anyone who demands a speed limit in the face of one of the worst economic crises in the Federal Republic of Germany now lives behind the moon politically.” The Left calls for Tempo 120 on German autobahns and describes the Greens with their call for Tempo 130 as rabid.