Brussels, Belgium – Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche has been named the new president of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), taking over from Nissan/Renault chairman Carlos Ghosn in January.

“The European automobile industry is confident to emerge stronger from the financial and economic crisis and has defined sustainable mobility a clear priority for the near as well as long-term future,” Zetsche said. “To this respect, we would welcome a positive and constructive outcome of Copenhagen (UN climate change conference). Our industry is a major contributor to finding and deploying solutions in this field. Copenhagen could send the important signal that partnership is key: partnership between industries, governments, academia and consumers.”

ACEA priorities for 2010 include contributing to sustainable mobility, further progress in road safety, improving the regulatory framework, and enhancing competitiveness, including progress in trade liberalization. “Through our trade association ACEA, we will continue to seek a deep dialogue with all stakeholders at EU level,” Zetsche said. “We look forward to working closely with the newly-elected European Parliament and the new European Commission in order to help maintain a thriving automobile industry in Europe and strengthen our global technology leadership.”

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