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FISITA World Automotive Summit calls for global harmonisation of standards across automotive industry

7 December 2015

  • 6th annual FISITA World Automotive Summit focuses on future of personal mobility
  • FISITA President, Paul Mascarenas, recognises auto industry challenges are at pivotal stage
  • General Motors Dan Nicholson, calls for greater harmonisation of global emissions standards, connectivity, autonomy and propulsion
  • FISITA recognises its role in developing global harmonisation of key areas, and will facilitate talks between OEMs

102 automotive industry technical leaders from 72 companies and 12 countries around the world met at the 6th annual FISITA World Automotive Summit in London, between 11-12 November 2015, to discuss the future of personal mobility and its impact on the automotive industry.

Through a programme of workshops, panel discussions and keynote presentations, technical experts from the FISITA Honorary Committee met with scientists, academics, public policy makers and NGOs to progress thinking and address the challenges faced by the international motor industry in the development and transition towards the mobility solutions of the future.

“The traditional auto industry is approaching an inflection point - there are significant opportunities for those companies who reinvent themselves to meet the changing mobility needs of society, but equally threats for those who fail to embrace this transition,” said Paul Mascarenas, President of FISITA.

“The annual FISITA Summit provides a truly global platform for motor industry technical leaders, academics, OEMs and suppliers to come together and discuss these emerging mega-trends, and establish how they can work with each other to achieve consistency in their offerings.”

Major issues such as greater urbanisation, the impact of rising populations, the emergence of mega-cities, and the knock on effect this growth is having on the auto industry, were at the forefront of talks. This also prompted a global call for increased harmonisation, which would deliver improved operational and cost efficiencies for OEM’s, an improved regulatory environment and clarity for consumers.

Speaking at the FISITA World Automotive Summit, General Motors Global Powertrain Vice President, Dan Nicholson, stressed the importance of global emissions harmonisation, and why now is the time to push for change, while the topic is still high on the agenda.

“We want all our engineering resources focused on improving air quality and reducing CO2 emissions. With different sets of regional rules, we have to put our engineering resources into nuanced regulatory differences, rather than working on the root problem,” he said.

With China close to agreeing its own revised emission standards, Nicholson believes now is the time to act. “With China in discussions right now, we are at a key pivot point. I am concerned if we miss our opportunities now, they won’t come again for a long time,” he added.

Nicholson plans to use his upcoming presidency of FISITA to help facilitate industry-wide talks on the global harmonisation of air quality, alongside the harmonisation of connectivity, autonomy and propulsion.

“The role of FISITA in bringing engineers together from all over the globe to discuss these challenges, come up with technical solutions, to reach an agreement and co-ordinate themselves globally to effect it, is of vital importance,” said Nicholson.

Full details of the FISITA Summit including the programme of speakers and presentations are available at