Thursday, 7th June 2012
CARS 21 High Level Group on the Competitiveness and Sustainable Growth of the Automotive Industry in the European Union
Source: European Commission
From Executive Summary:
The European automotive industry is a key sector for the European economy, providing over 12 million jobs and a positive contribution to the trade balance of around € 90 billion (in 2011), which is essential for continued European prosperity. It provides the means of transport for the large majority of passenger and freight movements.
In the coming decade, important changes are expected in the global automotive industry in several areas that are likely to profoundly reshape the industry and its markets worldwide. While the European market is mature, third markets are growing fast, changing the trade flows and the automotive value chain. The intense competitive pressure is growing further and EU companies are increasingly being challenged on their home market and developing opportunities in third markets. To meet long-term greenhouse gas targets as well as air quality objectives, the internal combustion engine will be further improved and the development of breakthrough technologies, such as electrified propulsion, will happen. Sizeable efforts will also need to be made with the further development and distribution of alternative fuels to traditional diesel and gasoline fuels.
In order to analyse these challenges and develop a joint strategy for decision makers from the private and public sectors, the Commission decided at the end of 2010 to re-launch the CARS 21 High Level Group, which was originally set-up in 2005...
This Report covers the group’s consensus on the strategic vision for the automotive sector at the horizon 2020 and specific recommendations on a number of policy areas that are of importance for the automotive sector.
+ Final Report (PDF; 925 KB)
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