Audi boss advocates car-free days

Audi boss advocates car-free days

Although it may seem strange, one of the German car manufacturers is calling for road traffic restrictions. Audi boss Markus Duesmann has his reasons for this.

“We must realize that our lives are changing”

In the face of the energy crisis and the war with Ukraine, the head of Audi, Markus Duesmann, supports temporary restrictions on drivers. It is true that he himself has experienced that many people drive slower and slower to save fuel. But money “as the only regulator” is not enough in this unusual situation, said Duesmann in an interview with the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (Wednesday edition): “We have to think hard, realize that our lives are changing.”

The speed limit can be a sign to help in this matter, said the head of Audi, continuing: “To make us more aware of the situation and the need to save money in Germany, the car holiday can be restored as in the 1970s. .” Therefore, Duesmann opposes Hildegard Müller, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry. He recently said that car drivers do not need “lectures”. Duesmann, as “SZ” himself said, would also use the positive consequences of the driving ban: “On a day like Sunday without a car, I would ride my bike on the closed highway.”

Signs of a drop in command

The head of Audi also said that there are “early signs” that the number of car orders in Europe is falling – due to the economic crisis caused by the war. “I don’t usually worry, but the current situation worries me.”

However, he believes that a peace forced by economic reasons against the will of Ukraine will be fatal: “Ending the war due to economic weakness is not an option,” Duesmann said in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. “We will not have peace because of this.” If the West withdraws, the economic situation can improve in the short term, said the head of Audi. “But soon our social order will be under threat.”