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BMW’s Reithofer (left) and PSA’s Varin agreed in February, 2011, to jointly invest 100 million euros in new hybrid technologies (Photo: BMW)

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Philippe Varin will be keynote speakers at the 12th annual CAR-Symposium, which will take place in Bochum, Germany, February 8-9, 2012.

The annual conference, which is organized by CAR Center Automotive Research, will focus on "Scenarios for the automotive future." The two-day event will feature an Automotive Career Day on February 8, followed by the actual CAR-Symposium on the 9th.

In addition to holding keynote presentations on the 9th, Reithofer and Varin will jointly discuss how cooperation pacts can foster success. BMW and PSA are cooperating in several areas, including electric-vehicle components and engines.

During the afternoon, the CAR-Symposium will feature a panel discussion on "the new auto industry." Participants in the session will be smart CEO Annette Winkler, Opel engineering chief Rita Forst and Birgit Behrendt, Ford executive director purchasing for the Americas region and global programs.

In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference will have a series of specialized workshops on electric mobility, lightweight construction, battery technology, sales and service and other issues.

The CAR Center Automotive Research is a non-profit research organization affiliated with the University of Duisburg-Essen. It looks in particular at the economic interrelationships and actions of the global auto industry.

CAR, headed by Professor Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, has organized the CAR-Symposium every year since 2001. The event has, over the years, featured many key auto industry players as speakers. Among them are Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, Frank Stronach, founder of Magna, and former MAN CEO Hakan Samuelsson.

More information (in German) about this year’s Car Symposium can be found here.