Young Europeans voice their questions to automobile CEOs

Brussels, 5 September 2012 - Ten young people from across Europe have been selected as finalists of the 'Ask a CEO' competition organised by Our Future Mobility Now (OFMN), an initiative led by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). The finalists, recently selected by OFMN and the youth think-tank Think Young, are now going forward for an online public vote for the best entry.

These ten young people have also been selected to attend a roundtable debate on ‘Innovation for Europe, Skills for the Future’.

This event will take place in Brussels on 10 October, with the 'Ask a CEO' finalists taking a seat at the table with some of Europe’s most important policy makers and automobile company chiefs. Young people entered a great range of questions, mostly in video formats. Among the first to enter the competition was Lilo, 19, from Germany, who asked why she could buy fair trade orange juice but not a 'fair trade car’, a thoughtful examination of the sustainability of automotive production. Mathias, 24, from Austria but living in London, questioned the continued relevance of the car, asking ‘how is the industry dealing with the fact that the world is becoming more urban, with the demand for cars slowly decreasing?’

As well as the public award, the finalists will be eligible for a prize awarded by the CEOs for their preferred question. Both awards will be handed out on 10 October. The ten videos and the online poll can be found at www.futuremobilitynow.com. Voting is open until 30 September 2012.

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  Notes for editors

  • The roundtable debate will take place in the Solvay Library, Brussels, 14:00-17:00 on 10 October. A press briefing with the automobile CEOs will be held at 14:15. CEOs will also be available for interviews and comments about the OFMN project.
  • Our Future Mobility Now brings together the mobile generation of the future and Europe’s leading vehicle manufacturers to explore how vehicles and transport will evolve and influence the 21st Century. It is organised and run by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).
  • More information can be found at www.futuremobilitynow.com.
  • The European automotive industry is key to the strength and competitiveness of Europe. The ACEA members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT S.p.A., Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO S.p.A., Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. They provide direct employment to more than 2 million people and indirectly support another 10 million jobs. Annually, ACEA members invest over €26 billion in R&D, or 5% of turnover.

For further information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, Director of Communications, ACEA   +32 2 738 73 45 or cm@acea.be Please also visit www.acea.be


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