If you are a big car manufacturer, and it boils down to lobbying, it is in your best interest to search for knowledgeable lobbyists. Many big car makers in the motoring industry hire former politicians and former high ranking government officials that served in the countries they are lobbying in to become their lobbyists.
Car manufacturers are open to this move since they know that the people hired are well aware of the way major carmaker players act and know their way in corridors of power. Lobbying in the motoring industry has seen millions of pounds spewed every year by vehicle manufacturers for the purpose of lobbying.
A big chunk of the lobbying money gets spent on paying now retired public servants huge salaries awarded to them routinely by the private sector to woe people in powerful positions to their corner. The major concern being; this revolving door practice where the power traders move from government agencies and fill positions with companies which during their tenure in the government they helped regulate.
Lobbyists are smart creatures that rely on a combination of strategies pushing their influence. They conduct a lot of research and have a sit down with law makers on a one on one, or if not they deliver the message they have in writing and some go to the extent of calling up current government administration on phone to influence their decisions.
Again, winning and dinning by lawmakers has always been a part of lobbying, however, this is an action that happens less often than it used to some years back as people are afraid of being forced out of their positions and being taken to court if they are found guilty of influencing certain decisions.
Lobbying efforts are aimed actively at a policy or a bill that is pending. Motoring industry lobbyists have changed their lobbying from when they used to push for cheaper fuel standardization to lobbying for the eco-friendly use of vehicles on roads.
The carmakers of today are constantly pushing for plenty of innovations such as; alternative fuel use, battery-powered cars, hybrids etc. The modern day car manufacturer lobbyists are laying emphasis of consumer support for such technologies and in turn government officials communicate the messages to the people.
The grisly 2008 global economic meltdown saw almost all car manufacturing companies post extremely big losses and even giant carmakers filing for bankruptcy just a year ago.
This means that many car manufacturers now accept fuel economic mandates and stricter business environment that would have been fought back by lobbyists in the olden days when these companies were in constant profit zones.
Due to the need to save the environment, many car manufacturing companies are coming up with vehicles that are much more friendlier to the environment and are instead paying their lobbyists to push for acceptance of their modified vehicles and sophisticated gadgets into the market as it is more than evident that the old era of vehicles is now overtaken as everyone is trying to embrace technology.