Europe’s Automobile Manufacturers reach out to youth to take part in creating the future of mobility

Brussels, 20 May 2011-The car, truck and bus makers in Europe have together opened a campaign to invite young adults across Europe to share their ideas and thoughts about the future of transport and mobility. Discussion and exchange platform at http://www.futuremobilitynow.com Interactive Launch Event in Brussels in June On-line competition for youth across Europe

The car, truck and bus makers in Europe have together opened a campaign to invite young adults across Europe to share their ideas and thoughts about the future of transport and mobility. Commenced in mid-April, the campaign has achieved a large pan-European attention quickly, with thousands of visitors to the site from over 50 countries.

Through an online competition for the most creative, insightful ideas the automobile industry will invite up to 50 young people to a special launch event in Brussels in June to explore topics such as new mobility services, future skills, new technologies and connectivity. The dialogue will then be continued on-line as well as with on-site activities across Europe.

The online competition will run until the end of May 2011 and is open to young people between 18 and 30 years old living in Europe. For more information please visit http://www.futuremobilitynow.com .

“Our Future Mobility Now” seeks to give today’s young people a voice about how to move people and goods in an increasingly fast-paced, connected and global world and respond to environmental, societal and economic challenges at the same time.“2011 is a milestone year for our industry: We're celebrating the 125th anniversary of the car and the tremendous opportunities for personal freedom, economic development and mobility it enabled” said Dieter Zetsche, Head of Daimler AG and representing the automobile industry as chair of ACEA. “This project is designed to give the next generation of young Europeans a voice in reinventing mobility for the future.”

The event in Brussels will be held in close cooperation with the EU ‘Youth on the Move’ project promoting mobility in education and training throughout Europe. Note to editors: Our Future Mobility Now is a project from BMW, DAF, Daimler, FIAT, Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN Truck & Bus, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Scania, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Car Corporation and Volvo Group. The project is run by ACEA, the industry’s European trade association in Brussels. The automobile industry is key to European economy and society, providing direct employment to more than 2.2 million people and indirectly supporting another 10 million jobs. The sector is also the largest private investor in research & development.