The news that Volvo will join Stellantis in leaving the European car makers’ lobby association ACEA begs the question: can the 30-year-old lobby group survive? And if so, who can present the unified voice needed to present the industry’s case to the European Union?

Volvo’s official reason for leaving was that its “sustainability strategy and ambitions aren't fully aligned with ACEA’s positioning”. Privately, the company says it’s cross with the lobby group’s efforts to water down the EU’s recent decision to reduce CO2 emissions emanating from new cars to zero by 2025.