He will take over from Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat, on January 1.
Streiff said: “I look forward to representing the industry in the ongoing dialogues on important societal topics such as growth and mobility, road safety and climate change.
"We will further intensify our contacts with EU legislators. The European automotive industry plays an important role in Europe and needs a sound regulatory framework in which to operate."
ACEA represents the 13 major European car, truck and bus manufacturers. The ACEA board consists of all CEOs of the 13 member companies: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat, Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Scania, Volkswagen and Volvo Trucks. Toyota Motor Europe will join ACEA from January 2008.