Part IV Motor Vehicle Distribution, 11 Motor Vehicle Distribution
Frank Wijckmans, Filip Tuytschaever
Filip Tuytschaever, Frank Wijckmans
- Block exemptions — Hard-core restrictions — Article 101 TFEU, application of — Guidelines on Vertical Restraints — Basic principles of competition law — New vehicles, sale of — Motor Vehicles Block Exemption
This chapter addresses the specific block exemption regime that applies to the automotive industry. The relevant regime is contained in Regulation 461/2010. Different from past practice, Regulation 461/2010 closely resembles the general block exemption (Regulation 330/2010) and limits itself to adding certain hardcore restrictions applicable in the secondary markets. The chapter provides an overview of the impact of the block exemption from the perspective of the various stakeholders active in the sector. It then goes on to describe separately the block exemption principles governing the distribution of motor vehicles, the provision of after-sales services, and the distribution of spare parts.