Statement on the use of cookies, the analysis of usage data and the use of analysis tools

We use cookies and similar software tools such as HTML5 Storage or Local Shared Objects (together "cookies") to identify your interests and particularly popular areas of our websites and use this information to improve the design of our websites and make them even more user-friendly. For the same purposes we use the analysis tool Matomo (previously known as Piwik); cookies may also be used here.

1. Functions and use of cookies

a. Cookies are small files that are placed on your desktop, notebook or mobile device by a website you visit. From this we can, for example, recognize whether there has already been a connection between your device and our websites, or which language or other settings you prefer. Cookies may also contain personal data.

b. By using our websites, you agree to the use of cookies.

You can also visit our website without consenting to the use of cookies. This means that you can refuse such use and delete cookies at any time by making the appropriate settings on your device. This is done as follows:

  1. Most browsers are pre-set to automatically accept cookies. You can change this setting by activating the setting *do not accept cookies* in your browser.
  2. You can delete existing cookies at any time. You can find out how this works in detail in the instructions of your browser or device manufacturer.
  3. For information on deactivating Local Shared Objects, see the following link: Information on deactivating Local Shared Objects
  4. Like the use of cookies, their rejection or deletion is also linked to the device used and also to the browser used in each case. You must therefore reject or delete the cookies separately for each of your devices and, if you use several browsers, also for each browser.

c. If you decide against the use of cookies, it is possible that not all functions of our websites are available to you or that individual functions are only available to you to a limited extent.

d. We categorize cookies as follows:

  1. Essential cookies (type 1)
    These cookies are absolutely necessary for the functions of the web pages. Without these cookies we would not be able to offer you services such as the vehicle configurator, for example.
  2. Functional cookies (type 2)
    These cookies facilitate the operation and improve the functions of the web pages. For example, we store your language settings in functional cookies.
  3. Performance cookies (type 3)
    These cookies collect information about how you use our website. This enables us to identify which parts of our Internet offer are particularly popular and thus improve our offer for you. Please also read the section "Analysis of usage data".
  4. Third-party cookies (type 4)
    These cookies are set by third parties, e.g. social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+, whose content you can integrate via the "social plug-ins" offered on our websites. For more information on the use and function of the social plug-ins, please refer to section 4 of our Privacy Statement

Cookies table

Cookie-Name Description Cookie - Type
IRPages2_Session This cookie allows you to switch between different pages. Type 2
_et_coid Collects information about visitor behavior on multiple webpages - This information is used on the webpage to optimize the relevance of advertising. The cookie also allows the website to determine how the visitor accessed the website. Type 2
gdpr_de The user agreement data from the cookie usage popup for the english website is hereby saved. Type 2
cookie_disclaimer This cookie is used to control the display of the cookie banners. Type 2
EquityStory This cookie is required by the load balancer to keep the server on which it is currently located separate. Type 2

2. Analysis of usage data; use of analysis tools

We collect data about accesses to the page and save it in the Server Logfiles. Following data is being logged:

  • Visited website
  • Access time
  • Amount of sent data in byte
  • Source/reference, from where you reach the page
  • Used Browser
  • Used operating system
  • Used IP address – the IP address is anonymized after 24 hrs

The collected data solely serves the statistical evaluation and the improvement of the website. Your person-related data (IP address) is anonymized beforehand. We reserve the right to check the not yet anonymized Server Logfiles, should concrete evidence indicate an unlawful usage.