Christian Peugeot has been elected as new president of world automotive industry association OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles), succeeding Matthias Wissmann, former president of German auto association, VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie).
Peugeot, current president of French automotive industry association, CCFA (Comité des Constructeurs Français d'Automobiles), takes the presidency on the centennial of OICA, which was celebrated on 13 February with French President, Emmanuel Macron present.
Peugeot stressed the importance of the auto industry for the global economic growth at the Paris event: "As new president, I would like to thank all OICA members for coming to Paris to celebrate 100 years of working together to continuously move the automotive industry forward," said Peugeot.
"Their presence testifies to the importance of the automobile, which is essential for the mobility of citizens as well as for the economy of a country.
"We are on the cusp of considerable upheaval and today the automotive industry needs to change profoundly for the automobile to maintain its place all over the world, especially at the heart of new mobility solutions.
"The challenges we are already facing are huge. CO2 reduction targets, electric mobility, connected cars and digital transformation will lead to paradigm shifts and new citizen consumption.
"It is essential these challenges set the objectives to be achieved but do not call into question technological neutrality."
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