BERLIN -- Germany's VDA car industry association has appointed Hildegard Mueller, a former conservative politician and utilities lobbyist, as its new president.
Mueller, 52, takes on the role from former Ford Germany boss Bernhard Mattes as German automakers face tougher emissions rules which are forcing them to invest heavily in electrified vehicles.
Mueller was a member of the German parliament from 2002 to 2008.
She was elected unanimously by VDA's executive board, it said in a statement.
"Hildegard Mueller is a great choice," said Porsche CEO Oliver Blume.
"Germany's car industry faces big challenges. With her experience in industry, politics and association work, she is a professional partner to open up opportunities and to take on social responsibility," Blume said.
Tougher emissions rules and the shift to electric vehicles are top of the agenda for the industry, as well as clearing up the aftershocks of Volkswagen's diesel-rigging scandal, when it admitted to cheating U.S. diesel emissions tests in 2015.