When the United States elects a new head of state, the whole world is a captive audience. Even if the 2016 election might be decided more on the basis of domestic issues – or the polarizing personalities of the two candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – the consequences also have a global dimension, both politically and economically.
Germany’s vaunted automakers will be watching closely, too. The United States is their second-most important market for sales abroad – just after China.
And this may matter more than others from the past. Whether the likes of Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW will succeed depends in part on the next occupant of the White House.