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.

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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.

ACEA represents the 14 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Groupe PSA, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group. More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu.

For more information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45 or +32 485 88 66 47.

About the EU automobile industry

  • 12.6 million people - or 5.7% of the EU employed population - work in the sector.
  • The 3.3 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent almost 11% of EU manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for almost €396 billion in tax contributions in the EU15.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with more than €50 billion invested annually.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of about €90 billion for the EU.