MUNICH -- Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche will be president of ACEA, the European auto industry's lobbying body, in 2010.
Zetsche will take over from current president, Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, on January 1.
Zetsche said ACEA members have defined sustainable mobility a clear priority for the near as well as long-term future.
He also said the association believes the European auto industry will emerge stronger from the financial and economic crisis.
Brussels-based ACEA represents the interests of the 15 European car, truck and bus manufacturers at an 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.”
ACEA said that in addition to countering the economic crisis, its other priorities for 2010 are road safety, working with the EU to ease automakers' regulatory burdens and trade liberalization.
Zetsche has been a Daimler management board member since 1998 and has been the company's CEO since 2006. He is also CEO of the company's core Mercedes-Benz Cars division, which comprises the Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Maybach nameplates.