For sixty years the biennial FISITA World Automotive Congress has provided the platform for the world's engineers and specialists to come together to exchange ideas and advance the state-of-the-art in automotive technology.
Throughout this time, the Congress has tackled each of the important issues facing engineers in the design, development, manufacture and use of automobiles. Today the global automotive industry is confronted with the greatest series of challenges in its history. Engineers are being asked to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, and improve safety, without sacrificing any of the comfort, features or driving pleasure which today's customers take for granted. Not only that, but we must do it quickly and in ways which are practical and affordable enough to be integrated into the millions of new vehicles which will soon be on the roads of the fast growing markets like China, India, Russia and Brazil. Hence our theme for FISITA 2010 of Automobiles and Sustainable Mobility.
The technical solutions needed to square this circle, in terms of alternative power sources, new materials, approaches to testing & development, advanced electronics and a connected approach to personal mobility, will have to be more radical than anything in the evolution of the automobile so far. Success will also depend upon greater cooperation among the world's engineers and automotive companies.
In 2010 the FISITA Congress will come to Hungary for the first time since 1978. Hungary is a country which can boast an excellent geographical location at the heart of Europe, as well as an outstanding automotive heritage. Great Hungarian innovators include János Csonka (inventor of the carburettor), József Galamb (organiser of mass production of the Ford Model-T); Béla Barényi (conceived idea of active vehicle safety and active safety codes) and Gyula Cser (invented the combined engine-charger system).
Hungary 's vehicle-manufacturing base is built on strong historical foundations and on the longstanding expertise developed by manufacturers such as Ikarus, Csepel Autó and Rába. Today, the key players in the automotive sector include Audi, General Motors, Suzuki, as well as the traditional Hungarian manufacturer Rába and an expanding global supply base comprising more than 300 companies.
In 2007 Hungary produced more than 291,000 passenger cars and 2,200 commercial vehicles, an increase of 30% on the previous year's figures. The country is a growing automotive power within Europe and there are outstanding opportunities for joint production with companies in the region, and also many new opportunities in technology and know-how transfer.
Join us in the beautiful city of Budapest for the 33rd FISITA World Automotive Congress and help set the future agenda for Automobiles and Sustainable Mobility.