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.


IT CAN'T BE WRONG - A MERCEDES BENZ DRESSES YOU CORRECTLY AT ALL EVENTS


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.


ACCESS DENIED - JAPANESE CARS ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN GERMANY'S BUSINESS WORLD


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 be.





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