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VDA President Matthias Wissmann unanimously elected President of the international auto makers’ association OICA

Berlin/Moscow, 21 October 2016

OICA’s General Assembly in Moscow

The General Assembly of OICA (the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers) in Moscow unanimously elected Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), to be the new president of OICA for a two-year term. Until now Wissmann was OICA’s First Vice President. The OICA General Assembly also unanimously elected Dong Yang, Executive Vice Chairman of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), as First Vice President. Christian Peugeot, President of the French automobile manufacturers’ association CCFA, was re-appointed as OICA’s Treasurer.

OICA, founded in 1919 and headquartered in Paris, brings together around 40 national automotive industry associations, including all the important vehicle manufacturing countries.

Newly elected OICA President Wissmann drew the attention of the General Assembly in Moscow to the global importance of this industry for economic growth and prosperity. He stated that the world passenger car market would top the 80 million mark this year and added that cars would remain a growth market in the future, since many countries still had a lot of catching up to do in the field of individual mobility. Whereas Germany had 550 cars for every 1,000 inhabitants, Russia had only 290, Brazil 200, China 70, Indonesia 55 and India 25.

The industry was facing great challenges, Wissmann explained. “We are on the path to electric mobility, while the digital transformation is also generating new tasks for us.” However, he continued, internal combustion engines would continue to dominate mobility around the world for many years to come, and still had considerable potential. Wissmann was confident that in the future individual mobility would become even more efficient, safer and more convenient. In addition, connected and automated driving offered enormous opportunities and significant customer benefits, he said.

One of the most important tasks facing OICA is the worldwide harmonization of technical regulations. In this connection Wissmann stressed: “The innovations in the automotive industry make a key contribution all over the world to road traffic becoming more and more sustainable and safer, despite the increasing mileages and larger numbers of vehicles on the roads. OICA’s activities help ensure that the experience, technical knowledge and high safety standards in the industrialized countries are passed on to the less developed countries by a process of technology transfer.”

The countries represented in OICA, which manufacture passenger cars and commercial vehicles, have set themselves the task of further improving vehicle safety and environmental protection, and are working intensively on global harmonization of technical standards.

OICA represents the technical interests of the automotive industry in international institutions and organizations, is accredited at the UN, and coordinates worldwide technical harmonization in the automotive sector. OICA collects and publishes international statistics. It also manages the international calendar of major auto trade shows.

Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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