The Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers has represented the interests of international passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers in Germany since 1952. These include 37 brands from ten different countries. In Germany, they sell over 1.2 million passenger cars annually. This is a market share of around 40 percent. The VDIK members also sell around 100,000 commercial vehicles.

Over 100,000 employees

International manufacturers have been an important economic factor in Germany for decades. They work together with around 11,000 dealer bases. They employ over 100,000 people there and in their German sales headquarters. The VDIK members invest in infrastructure and set up European logistics, training and development centres. Some companies have their European headquarters in Germany. In addition, the international manufacturers are important customers of the German supply industry.

Alternative drives

The international motor vehicle manufacturers’ range of innovative, environmentally friendly vehicles with different concepts in all segments and price categories appeals to discerning German customers. The VDIK members also launched vehicles with alternative drive trains on the market at an very early stage. Thanks to the wide range of VDIK brands, electric cars are now available in a wide variety to customers in Germany. The international manufacturers develop and sell vehicles with a wide variety of alternative drive technologies

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VDIK represents interests

As an association, the VDIK is the central voice of its members and represents their interests in Germany. The Association’s task is to bundle common interests and represent them vis-à-vis political institutions and the public. The VDIK is characterised by strong cohesion. This is decisive and indispensable for the assertiveness of the association.

In addition to representing its interests, the VDIK supports its members in all relevant matters of fundamental importance to the automotive industry. The Association provides advice on specialist topics. Through close cooperation with the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) and leading research institutions, the association conducts targeted market research and provides its member companies with topic-related analyses.

Active since 1952

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.