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.

Volvo is committed to going all electric by 2030, so paying to be a member of an organisation that thinks zero emission by 2035 is a stretch doesn’t make a lot of sense.

The optics for ACEA are at least as bad as Stellantis leaving, given that Volvo was one of the group’s founding car makers back in 1991.