Thorough process improvement starts with an analysis of the current situation. This is also true for requirements engineering processes. The goal of cooperation between DaimlerChrysler and the department of Software Systems Engineering at the University of Essen is to establish a framework for such RE process analysis in the area of car manufacturing. In this paper, we report on our first analysis using a tra-ditional interview techniques and the results obtained. We compare the major findings with existing research and other experiences, identify a set of challenges and provide an outlook of our future investigations.