Berlin (dpa) - The former SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel is according to information of the "Bild am Sonntag» favorite for the chief post at the Association of the Automotive Industry. "Gabriel is 99 percent sure," the newspaper quoted an unnamed manager of the industry. He is the desired candidate of the auto companies and the suppliers. In addition to Gabriel is also spoken to the former CDU politician Hildegard Müller, it is said. The post at the head of the VDA must be filled again after former Ford manager Bernhard Mattes announced his withdrawal to the end of September.