For those of you not so familiar with the term “autobahn”, it essentially translates into “highway” from German. However, when most of us hear the name, it’s the magical deregulated sections that immediately spring into mind.
In the German State of Baden-Württemberg, voters have elected the Green Party to power. In order to be green, one of their promises is to put in place a speed regulation of 120 km/h (75 mph), on the stretches of the Autobahn that are currently deregulated, known more colloquially as the stretches of heaven between the round white signs with four diagonal lines. If you’re wondering how this is “green”, Winfried Kretschmann, leader of the Green Party and possible state premier says the autobahn contributes to 30% of the regions emissions, and says that the sector “has to make a contribution of its own to reduce this gas that’s harmful to the environment.”
According to Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche, this is not good news at all. The man is well aware of the fact that many customers around the world of German cars see the Autobahn as the place where vehicles are tested. These are the highways where makers like Mercedes-Benz build cars that are capable of sustaining 155 mph speeds while feeling like an aeroplane in the cabin. They are the areas that German brands owe much of their refinement on the road to. “We’re well advised to maintain the Autobahn sections that don’t have a speed limit,” says Zetsche.