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China and the European Union are the world’s number one and two car markets. Together they account for half of all passenger cars sold and built around the world. Moreover, the two regions are emerging as the major global regulatory powers, setting ambitious standards and targets for tomorrow’s vehicles. That is why we at ACEA… » read more

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Europe’s automobile industry will face some fundamental challenges this year. These include the looming prospect of a no-deal Brexit, the ever-present threat of US tariffs on car imports from the EU, as well as meeting stringent CO2 targets – both those for 2020 and the recently-agreed post-2020 targets for cars, vans and trucks. Given the… » read more

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Later this week, EU member states are expected to adopt their common position on the EU’s first-ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. Ahead of that Council meeting, I would like to call on the 28 national governments to strike the right balance between environmental objectives and the competitiveness of Europe’s truck industry. It goes without… » read more

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According to the latest statistics published by the European Commission last month, EU road fatalities have been reduced by more than half since 2001, from 54,900 just after the turn of the century to 25,260 in 2017. By contrast, the number of passenger cars on Europe’s roads increased from just over 200 million to 259.7… » read more

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As everyone is all too aware, the date for Brexit is just around the corner and a withdrawal agreement is yet to be concluded. Without an agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, there simply can be no negotiations on the nature of the future trading relationship. Nor will there… » read more

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Every other year in September, the global truck industry meets in Hanover for the International Motor Show dedicated to commercial vehicles. Given that ACEA represents the EU’s seven major truck manufacturers, we were also present in Hanover to set out the industry’s joint position on the EU proposal for truck CO2 standards. Most notably, we… » read more

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Early last month, we published this year’s edition of our popular Automobile Industry Pocket Guide. This comprehensive 74-page booklet provides you with an extensive overview of one of Europe’s key industries. In it, you will find the latest data on the contribution of the EU automotive sector to economic growth, society, mobility and the environment;… » read more

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Next month, on Tuesday 10 July to be precise, the European Parliament’s Committees on industry (ITRE) and transport (TRAN), will each cast key votes on the European Commission’s proposal for future CO2 targets for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, the latter better known as vans or LCVs. While the Commission’s proposal for post-2021 CO2… » read more

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On 17 May, the European Commission presented a new Mobility Package entitled ‘Sustainable Mobility for Europe’ with which it seeks to promote safe, connected and clean mobility across the EU. This third and last Mobility Package by the Juncker Commission contains various legislative and non-legislative proposals that will affect the EU automobile industry. Given that… » read more

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