ACEA elects Sergio Marchionne as president for 2012

ACEA elects Sergio Marchionne as president for 2012

02/12/2011 in News, All News, Car Manufacturer News

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Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Group and Chrysler Group, has been appointed as the president of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) for 2012.

Marchionne said: “The year 2012 will be challenging especially if the instability in the Eurozone would not be addressed.

"Our association will further focus its work on three main issues: European industrial policy; sustainable mobility and transport; and international trade relations.

“These issues are all closely linked as the industry's capacity to invest and innovate depends on a strong, competitive manufacturing base in Europe.”

Marchionne takes over from Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division, who served as ACEA President in 2010 and 2011.

Zetsche said: “The European automotive industry is a major employer and invests over 30 billion EUR in R&D per year - more than any other industry in Europe.

"The importance of our industry must be reflected in the EU's economic, transport and trade policies."

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Fiat is closing in on 3% market share with a strategy of building new products within the successful 500 brand.

From the original concept, the range now extends to six models, including the new 500X crossover, supported by the Fiat Panda and Punto, along with people-carrier versions of its van range.

The extended choice is appealing to more customers, with Fiat achieving sales growth of nearly 12% last year to 67,162 units.

An increasingly important factor in this growth is the fleet market, reflected in the appointment of Francis Bleasdale to the newly created role of fleet and used car director.

As part of an ambitious five-year plan revealed by FCA boss Sergio Marchionne last year, European dealers can expect a sports car and compact saloon in 2015, compact hatch and estate, as well as a new 500 replacement in 2016, a C-segment crossover in 2017 and the replacement for the new Panda in 2018.

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In March 2015, Chrysler franchisees were issued two years' notice the brand will withdraw from the UK in 2017.

Chrysler UK said the latest possible date the brand will be operating here will be March 15, 2017.

Parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK has begun promoting Jeep as a separate entity in the last two years.

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