After eight hugely influential years at the helm of one of Europe's most powerful lobbying bodies, Lars Holmqvist is stepping down as supplier body CLEPA CEO to concentrate on other automotive projects. In the first part of two interviews, Holmqvist, a man who when he phones European Commission (EC) president, Jose Manuel Barrow, the phone is picked up, talks to Simon Warburton in his Brussels office before handing over the reins to former PSA board member, Jean-Marc Gales.