Technical progress is a tricky thing.

No matter what you use against him, he will come.

Let's remember 2019, a time in which the auto industry, not entirely innocently, found itself on the defensive.

The death knell was rung for the diesel engine, the IAA International Motor Show was about to end, not just at the Frankfurt location, which had been successful for decades, but as a trade fair itself.

Activists and environmental aid groups were in demand and knew how to use the situation for their purposes, which do not always appear louder.

The course is an example of short-winded excitement.

When the VDA association, which organizes the IAA, held its opening press conference in Frankfurt in September, seven police vehicles drove up.

For four (!) demonstrators.

Nevertheless, with media and political support, an anti-car mood emerged that had a considerable impact, which IAA suffered, and the impression became established among the population that soon no one would be allowed to drive into the city anymore and that there would be at least daily bans.

Anyone who commented at the time that simply replacing the fleet with vehicles with state-of-the-art exhaust gas purification systems would keep the air at least as clean as required by law, and that all that was required was a little patience instead of hysteria, was dismissed.

We haven't heard anything about border crossings for a long time now.

And the Federal Environment Agency, certainly not suspected of car lobbying, reports on its homepage: “On February 22, 2024, the Hanover environmental zone was abolished.

The abolition of further environmental zones is being planned.” There were once around 70 environmental zones, 43 remain, none are needed anymore.

They are ineffective because more than 90 percent of cars meet emissions standards.

What a wonderful success for the air.

And what great praise for technical progress.