There's certainly, please believe, much more than only Autobahn, Mercedes
and Porsche in Germany. But cars are naturally an important element of the
social life nevertheless. And, 'Deutschland' is a small country. Not all too small
but at any rate not large enough that travelling by airplane would make sense
in most cases. That is to say, people mostly go by car to business meetings
and make the first impression that way. And, they do so, no matter how cheap
traintickets ever may be.
This is possibly the reason why kind and expense of the vehicle you drive has
such an immense social importance here. Driving up with a not approved car
results in contemptous-
ness on the part of customers, credit grantors and
negotiation partners. That may be a usual societal phenomenon but, the
expectations regarding company cars are higher in Germany than in most other
countries. Some people need business credits for nothing else but buying a
vehicle which is up to the standard.
But, that's really no problem for everyone. However the choice for board members
and representatives of big combines, insurances and banks is a very simple one:
only upper class' sedans made in Germany are accepted, unless they work at a
branch of an Italian, Swedish or British company. In this case, also vehicles
from the respective countries are allowed. Patriotism tolerated!
Attorneys, tax consultants as well as financial advisors can afford to drive a
foreign car too, as long as it is one of enough prestige to be recognised as a
competitor to the expensive German models. Lexus, for instance, isn't accepted as
one. It is reputed to be a cheaper alternative, not to be a rival.
Says, if a business man drives a Japanese car, he is suspected to be in serious
financial trouble and, unsuccessful thus - really no good precondition to get
anyone's confidence in financial concerns! Who wants to get clients' trust has to
drive a car that represents successfulness, no matter how small his offices may