The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has elected Carlos Tavares, chairman of Groupe PSA’s managing board, as its president.
Tavares will take over from Daimler chief executive officer Dieter Zetsche, who led ACEA for two consecutive terms in 2016 and 2017.
Tavares has been PSA chairman since 2014. Before that, he held various positions within the Renault group between 1981 and 2004, and subsequently occupied senior positions for Nissan’s North American operations. In 2011, he returned to Renault as group chief operating officer, before moving to PSA.
Tavares said: “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.”
ACEA elects its president from among the chief operating officers, presidents and chairmen of its members. The term for the position is one year, once renewable.
European new car sales keep growing in November
In related news, ACEA new car registrations figures have shown a 5.9% year-on-year increase across Europe in November.
Spain (+12.4%) and France (+10.3%) recorded the strongest growth, followed by Germany (+9.4%) and Italy (+6.8%). The trend once again ran counter to Britain’s, where the car market shrank by 11.2% in November.