Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

As ACEA we believe that vehicle producers, policymakers and consumers alike need a robust process to ensure that motor vehicles meet relevant standards before they are brought on the market. That’s why the automobile industry supports the core objectives of the European Commission’s proposal for a new type approval framework. This proposal seeks to strengthen… » read more

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When vehicles are discussed from a policy perspective here in Brussels, I often caution other stakeholders that they shouldn’t lose sight of the many different roles that motor vehicles play in our daily lives. This is especially the case when talking about light commercial vehicles, or vans as they are commonly referred to. Light commercial… » read more

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Traditionally, the new year in Brussels kicks off with the annual European Motor Show. The 2017 edition paid special attention to commercial vehicles with a dedicated Truck & Transport exhibition. ACEA took this opportunity to organise a special tour on truck safety for European policy makers and road safety experts dealing with heavy-duty vehicles. The… » read more

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At the beginning of December, ACEA organised its second passenger car conference entitled ‘Smart cars: Driven by data’. Our first car conference, held two years ago, gave a broad overview of the benefits and implications of the connected car. ACEA’s second car event proved to be an excellent opportunity to zoom in on what is… » read more

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While digital innovation in the automotive industry has traditionally focused on optimising the vehicle’s internal functions, attention is now turning to developing the car’s ability to connect with the outside world (including infrastructure, third-party services and of course other vehicles), as well as to the introduction of vehicles with increasing levels of automated-driving functions. Indeed,… » read more

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    While market acceptance of alternative-fuel vehicles is rising, we should not forget that they still only represent a very small share of vehicle sales in Europe. It thus remains vital that all relevant players, including policy makers, continue to strive to remove the barriers that hamper the wider market uptake of alternative-fuel vehicles… » read more

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Last year the EU automobile industry exported more than 6.2 million vehicles, generating a positive trade balance for Europe in excess of €100 billion. The United States is by far the biggest market for European motor vehicles, accounting for more than 20% of exports (or about 1.3 million units). The other way round, the United… » read more

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Currently, there are roughly 7.4 billion people on our planet, already more than half of whom live in urban settlements. In Europe the urbanisation rate is even higher, with almost 74% of all Europeans living in cities today. It is estimated that in 2050 our planet will count 9.7 billion inhabitants, with one-third of people… » read more

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