ACEA President Zetsche revises 2016 car sales forecast to +5%
Brussels, 2 June 2016 – On the occasion of its 25th anniversary General Assembly meeting in Berlin yesterday, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) revised its forecast for 2016 car registrations upwards from its initial January forecast of 2% growth.
“Looking ahead, we now forecast growth for EU passenger car sales in the region of 5% this year. Commercial vehicle sales should also grow substantially,” stated ACEA President, Dieter Zetsche. In terms of units, this would mean over 14 million cars sold.
“It’s important to note that we are still below pre-crisis level of 15.5 million units,” Zetsche cautioned. “We need political partners who continue to stand by the principles of free trade and are determined to safeguard the positive momentum of our industry. Everyone at ACEA is determined to accelerate it.”
Notes for editors
- Launched yesterday in Berlin, the 2016-2017 edition of the Automobile Industry Pocket Guide is now available at http://www.acea.be/publications/article/acea-pocket-guide
- The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 14 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, JLR, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, and Volvo Group.
- Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
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About the EU automobile industry
- 13.0 million Europeans work in the automotive sector
- 11.5% of all manufacturing jobs in the EU
- €374.6 billion in tax revenue for European governments
- €101.9 billion trade surplus for the European Union
- Over 7% of EU GDP generated by the auto industry
- €59.1 billion in R&D spending annually, 31% of EU total