The Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers e.V. (VDIK) was founded in Frankfurt (Main) in 1952. Even before the VDIK was founded, the “Group of Motor Vehicle Importers” existed as an association within the Central Association of the Motor Trade (ZDK). Seven automobile importers, however, left the ZDK in 1952, founded the VDIK and thus founded their own lobby. They achieved a market share of just 4 percent.
In addition to Fiat, then the largest importer, Austin, Chrysler, Dodge, Nash, Packard, Simca and Willy’s Overland were founding members. Today almost all importers represented in Germany belong to the VDIK. According to the will of its founders, the association should “promote and protect the general ideational and economic interests of importers of motor vehicles in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany including West Berlin by the voluntary association of companies involved in the import of motor vehicles”. It goes without saying that the territory of the association now includes reunified Germany.