Frankfurt - Thousands of protesters marched in front of Frankfurt's IAA car show on Saturday to demand a swift end to combustion engines and a shift to environmentally friendly vehicles as Chancellor Angela Merkel's government prepares to unveil climate protection measures.
Police in Frankfurt said some 15 000, including many cyclists, took part in the march. Organisers put the number at 25 000 and said that around 18 000 cyclists had descended on the city.
Protesters took aim at SUVs, seen by environmentalists as a highly polluting status symbol that has no place in cities.
"STOP SUV," "SUV not cool," and "We can't replace our lungs" read some of the signs held by protesters.
Merkel's conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners held talks on Friday about a package of measures expected to expedite Germany's ambition to double the share of its power from renewable sources to 65% by 2030.