Dieter Zetsche re-elected ACEA President for 2017

Brussels, 5 December 2016 – The Board of Directors of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has re-elected Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler, as its President for 2017.

2017 will be an important year for Europe’s automobile industry, with the entry into force of the updated laboratory test for measuring pollutant and CO2 emissions from cars (WLTP) and the first step of a new test (RDE) to measure pollutant emissions under real driving conditions.

“Our industry fully supports the need for improved emissions testing,” stated Dr Zetsche. “However, we ask policy makers to reconsider the proposed time line giving us only a few months to comply. Because if there is one defining principle of our industry, it’s this: We are used to tackling technical challenges – provided reasonable lead-times are observed.”

Alongside emissions-related issues, connected and automated driving will be a priority topic for next year. “The increasing ability of cars to exchange data with the outside world holds great potential to revolutionise the driving experience,” said Zetsche. “With the right policy framework, we will seize these opportunities for our customers – here in Europe and around the globe.”

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

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

Dieter Zetsche has been a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since 16 December 1998, and Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since 1 January 2006. He is also Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division.

Dr Zetsche was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on 5 May 1953. After attending school in Frankfurt and obtaining the Abitur (university entrance examination), he studied electrical engineering from 1971 to 1976 at the University of Karlsruhe and graduated as an engineer. He joined the research department of the then Daimler-Benz AG in 1976. Dr Zetsche completed a doctorate in engineering in 1982 at the University of Paderborn. 

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.
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  • 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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