Category: Auto

Victory in hockenheim: rast dtm champion for the third time

Victory in hockenheim: rast dtm champion for the third time

After his third DTM coup, dominator rene rast climbed onto his audi and raised his arms in the air.

Ahead of the new era in the german touring car masters (DTM) from 2021 with new regulations, the man from minden defended his title in superior style with his seventh victory of the season at the hockenheimring. "I don’t know what to say, that was a mega race," rast said after crossing the finish line. "So much pressure and load has fallen off."

Rast relegated his only remaining rival, nico muller of switzerland, to second place in the final on sunday with a comfortable lead of 10.199 seconds. British driver jamie green was the third audi driver to complete the podium.

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More profit in the electric year: vw earns well

More profit in the electric year: vw earns well

Further increase in SUV sales and in-house cost-cutting will give the VW group’s core brand a significantly higher operating profit in 2019.

Ahead of the important year 2020, with the launch of many new models, the wolfsburg-based carmaker also wants to underfund additional investments worth billions in its electric fleet. In the e-mass model ID that has just been launched.3 there is still a hitch in one important area – but the production target is there.

"In a shrinking overall market, the volkswagen brand has gained market share worldwide and substantially improved its operating result," said managing director ralf brandstatter, looking back on the year that has just come to a close. He did not yet provide any information on the exact amount of the gain. In 2018, the main division of the VW group had earned 3.239 billion euros before special influences – such as legal costs for the diesel affair – in the current business year.

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A wacky duo has to go to jail

A wacky duo has to go to jail

"Like clockwork for years, the cooperation between a used car dealer (37) in the district of wurzburg and an employee (46) of the registration office in the district administration office ran smoothly. Yesterday, a rough criminal division of the regional court sentenced the two men, who lived in the same town, to four years in prison each.
With small amounts, five or ten euros for small cases, the clerk in the district administration office has been "classically fed" by the dealer with his own repair shop and washing trough, so the court. In the beginning, he only took applications to the office and brought the documents back in the evening, so that the motor vehicle technician could save himself the trip to the district office. Gradually, however, the expectations have risen, and so have the counter-performance.
Finally, the master mechanic determined what was entered in the vehicle documents. Used cars have been falsified by falsifying the initial registration and thus increased in price, inspection dates have been postponed and technical changes documented in the vehicle have not been made at all.
"Vehicles were registered which were not roadworthy in that condition", prosecutor dr. Reinhold emmert.
The man from the office was also rewarded by leaving vehicles free of charge, right up to the top to the 5 series BMW and convertible as well as free workshop service.
According to the court and the prosecutor, the used car dealer was undoubtedly the "driving force" in the whole affair had been. When he caught the employee, he did not let him go and when the man from the registration office actually wanted to get out, he preferred not to risk it for fear of dangerous people behind him. They were there no spab know, had been told to him. The prosecution assumes that there is at least one other "criminal level" above the used car dealer with a workshop and a car wash gives. On the sidelines of the trial, there was talk of circles with a migration background. The dealer did not want to give any information about this.
Although several hundred cases of false certification in office and incitement to it, fraud, bribery and corruptibility were accused, the court was able to stop taking evidence after barely three hours of trial. The used car dealer and the former employee of the registration office had "sung like canaries" and admitted everything.
The criminal palette of the used car dealer also included extensive insurance fraud: old damages were declared as new and worked on in the workshop at inflated prices or even only settled,. By participating in fictitious accidents outside the village, vehicle owners were able to "settle" outstanding repair bills. Or they could get credit for their involvement in planned pile-ups on used cars that were actually too expensive for them. Insurance companies are said to have been defrauded of over half a million euros in this way. There were provoked accidents, which one loved to take up even by the police.
The car mechanic came from home to the court hearing, the ex-employee from custody and there he was brought by police officers: because he lost not only his job but also his wife and children in the corruption case children, is the court with him in view of the gross "shambles" of increased risk of flight was assumed. The family has also left him because the house had to be sold and his debt is 70 000 euros.
Before his arrest, he had already undergone psychotherapeutic treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders. The two men, who had no previous convictions and did not exchange a word with each other during the trial, were told by the court that they could expect to be released on probation after serving half their sentences. At least, the recommendation will be written in the sentencing memorandum.
The four-year prison sentences became effective immediately, since the defendants, like the prosecutor, waived their right to appeal.
A salesman from the vehicle sector, more of a marginal figure in the dock, was the third man to "get away" with a nine-month custodial sentence for inciting false certification. He had heard about the fact that an employee in the district office meets customers under certain circumstances and had successfully tried this in a dozen cases.

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Flensburg traffic offender registry to be de-trumped

Flensburg traffic offender registry to be de-Trumped

The new system means that offenses will no longer be assessed with one to seven points – but only with one, two or three points, depending on their severity. So far, the driver’s license is only at 18 points away. Federal transport minister peter ramsauer (CSU) hopes the reform will bring more transparency and greater road safety.

Violations that do not endanger traffic safety will no longer be punished with points. This includes driving into an environmental zone without a sticker or violating a sunday driving ban. The reform will probably not come into force before 2014. The bundestag and bundesrat must first give their approval – it is still unclear whether the states will allow the law, which requires approval, to pass.

Ramsauer emphasized: "with the cabinet’s decision, the federal government has taken another important step toward a more citizen-friendly regulation."At present, nine million citizens have points in the central traffic register at the federal motor vehicle office in flensburg. A total of around 47 million recorded points must be converted into the new "driver suitability register.

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