Preston Feight to chair ACEA’s Commercial Vehicle Board in 2017
Brussels, 23 January 2017 – The Commercial Vehicle Board of Directors of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has elected Preston Feight, President of DAF Trucks, as its Chairman for 2017. Mr Feight takes over the chairmanship from Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of Volvo Group.
“Our industry’s top priorities this year will be continuing the drive to reduce CO2 emissions from road freight transport, further improving safety, and deploying the latest smart mobility technologies,” Mr Feight stated. “2017 will be a challenging and busy year, with a lot in the legislative pipeline for the commercial vehicle sector.”
For instance, regulation on the certification of CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles should be voted by EU member states this year, and the European Commission is to table a proposal on the monitoring and reporting of CO2 and fuel consumption. In addition, the Commission is expected to publish proposals on Road Infrastructure Charging and on an update of the General Safety Regulation.
ACEA’s Commercial Vehicle Board elects a new Chairman for a yearly term.
Notes for editors
- Mr Feight has been President of DAF Trucks since 1 April 2016.
- He has more than 18 years of experience at DAF’s parent company, PACCAR, of which he is Vice President.
- Before joining DAF, Preston Feight was General Manager of Kenworth Truck Company, where he previously served – among other positions – as Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Sales, Chief Engineer and Director of Research & Development, and Director of Product Planning.
- Preston Feight has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado, and is a registered Professional Engineer.
- The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is the Brussels-based trade association of the 15 major car, van, truck and bus producers in Europe.
- The ACEA commercial vehicle members are DAF Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Ford Trucks, IVECO, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, +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.