VDA Candidate Gabriel Rejects Presidency

Bill Hampton

Former German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel has taken himself out of the running to become head of VDA, the country’s auto industry lobbying group.

Gabriel was described by local media last week as a front runner for the German Assn. of the Automotive Industry job. But today he says other tasks make him unavailable for the position, Reuters reports.

VDA’s president job has been open since Bernhard Mattes resigned suddenly during the VDA-sponsored Frankfurt auto show in September. Mattes had held the post for 18 months.