The European Automotive Industry: Competitiveness, Challenges, and Future Strategies

in: European Commission, European Competitiveness Report 2004, Commission Staff Working Document SEC (2004) 1397, Chapter 4.

Posted: 18 May 2009

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Thomas Cleff

Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences; ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Oliver Heneric

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Georg Licht

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Stefan Lutz

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences; Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Wolfgang Sofka

Tilburg University; CentER; CIR

Alfred Spielkamp

University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen

Waltraud Urban

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

The chapter presents a broad picture of the European automotive industry and seeks to determine how competitive it is internationally and which are the sources of its competitiveness. Competitiveness is defined as the ability of an industrial sector to defend and/or gain market share in open, international markets by relying on price and/or the quality of goods. This ability is affected by a wide range of factors, including framework conditions ranging from production costs to technological and organisational innovation, from the regulatory framework to macroeconomic conditions. Given this variety, drawing a definitive conclusion about the future of the sector is not possible. Instead, a systematic analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) draws together the possible implications of the various elements identified in the Report as relevant to the competitiveness of the industry.

Keywords: industry report, automotove, Europe

JEL Classification: L

Suggested Citation

Cleff, Thomas and Heneric, Oliver and Licht, Georg and Lutz, Stefan and Sofka, Wolfgang and Spielkamp, Alfred and Urban, Waltraud, The European Automotive Industry: Competitiveness, Challenges, and Future Strategies (2004). in: European Commission, European Competitiveness Report 2004, Commission Staff Working Document SEC (2004) 1397, Chapter 4.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1405330

Thomas Cleff

Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences ( email )

Tiefenbronner Str. 65
Pforzheim, 75175
Germany

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1
D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany

Oliver Heneric

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

Georg Licht

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

Stefan Lutz (Contact Author)

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences ( email )

Nibelungenplatz 1
Frankfurt / Main, 60318
Germany

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Carretera de Humera s/n
Madrid, Madrid 28223
Spain

Wolfgang Sofka

Tilburg University ( email )

Netherlands

CentER ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

CIR ( email )

Warandelaan 2
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Alfred Spielkamp

University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen ( email )

Neidenburgerstrasse 43
D-45877 Gelsenkirchen
Germany
02 09 / 95 96 - 634 (Phone)
02 09 / 95 96 - 684 (Fax)

Waltraud Urban

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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