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Car industry and politicians ‘must work more closely’, claims expert

By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 14:00

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TOP: Karl-Thomas Neumann, GM Europe President

Solving the global megatrends shaping society requires a closer relationship between the car industry and politicians, the President of GM Europe has claimed.

Karl-Thomas Neumann has told Future Summit, a conference organised by Die Zeit magazine in collaboration with Opel, that the industry is facing ever-increasing problems.

He claimed the biggest challenges include urbanisation causing traffic jams, increasing energy prices, an ageing society and continuingly-fragmented markets.

Mr Neumann called on politicians to act now to address the issues, by better connecting private mobility and public transport, and improving communication with the automotive industry.

“People want smaller cars that are inexpensive and attractive,” he said.

“Priorities will change as urban mobility becomes the driver of vehicle development.

“There will be limitations to personal mobility and we will see more and more car sharing.”

Additional reporting by headlineauto, with thanks.

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