Carlos Tavares to lead ACEA in 2018

Brussels, 5 December 2017 – The Board of Directors of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) recently elected Carlos Tavares, Chairman of the Managing Board of Groupe PSA, as its President for 2018.

“Top priorities for 2018 include setting out an ambitious but realistic future pathway to bring down CO2 emissions, further improving our safety track record, and protecting and enhancing the competitiveness of the European automobile industry,” Tavares stated.

Mr Tavares will take over the presidency from Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler, who served as ACEA President for two consecutive terms in 2016 and 2017.

ACEA’s President is elected for a year-long term, once renewable, from the CEOs, Presidents or Chairmen of its member companies.


Notes for editors

Carlos Tavares, a graduate of Ecole Centrale de Paris, held a number of different positions with the Renault Group from 1981 to 2004, before joining Nissan where he served as Executive Vice President, Chairman of the Management Committee Americas and President of Nissan North America from 2009. He was named Group Chief Operating Office of Renault in 2011. Mr Tavares was appointed Chairman of the Managing Board of Groupe PSA in March 2014.

About ACEA

  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, CNH Industrial, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, 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/.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.auto, +32 485 88 66 47.

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About the EU automobile industry

  • 14.6 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.7 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €398.4 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €74 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
  • Investing €62 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 33% of total EU spending.
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