Eric-Mark Huitema

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Trade is a major pillar of our sector’s global competitiveness. In this respect, both Brexit and recent threats about ‘walling off’ national markets are posing a serious threat to jobs and growth in the European automotive industry. EU auto manufacturers exported more than 6.1 million motor vehicles last year, generating a trade surplus of more… » read more

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Every year, the month of January kicks off with the Brussels Motor Show. While the latest cars on display there clearly proved that vehicles are undergoing a not-so-quiet revolution, coming with state-of-the-art connectivity technology and an expanding range of powertrain options, there are also other players in the automotive supply chain that are changing rapidly.… » read more

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Commercial vehicles – like trucks, vans and buses – are not consumer goods; they are tools used to get a job done. When looking at passenger cars, the main variable is the amount of people to be transported. A single commercial vehicle, however, might be used for very different purposes and at very different degrees… » read more

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European automobile manufacturers have significantly reduced the environmental impact of vehicle production over the last decade, as new figures show. Even though car production has been on the rise again since 2013, the industry has succeeded in decoupling CO2 emissions, energy consumption, water usage and waste generation from production growth. At the beginning of June,… » read more

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This Saturday it is exactly six decades ago that the foundations of the EU were laid with the Treaty of Rome. On behalf of the 15 European automobile manufacturers, I would like to congratulate Europe on its 60th anniversary. In these times, when principles such as free trade and the freedom of movement are under… » read more

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In the first week of October, Bordeaux hosted the 22nd ITS World Congress, the largest conference on intelligent transport systems (ITS) in the world. ACEA joined more than 10,000 experts to explore the potential of ITS technology. From the perspective of Europe’s heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, developments in the field of truck platooning are among the… » read more

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Last month, more than 900,000 people visited the Frankfurt Motor Show to explore this year’s ‘Mobility Connects’ theme. ACEA took the occasion to present the European industry’s approach to tackling CO2 from road transport, with a particular focus on the potential of intelligent transport systems (ITS). The role of ITS technologies in reducing CO2 emissions… » read more

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