New Year's Resolutions:

Alex Trotman: Steady as she goes. I'll keep Ford going on Red Poling's course. Well, maybe not. And I'll never actually say we're going to topple GM as No. 1.

John Rock: I'll clean up my language, dagnabbit.

Ron Zarrella: I'll drive a Buick-brand car and a GMC-brand sport-ute, and I'll brand 'GM' on my shoulder. And so long as he can sell a lot of Cutlass Supreme-brand cars, I'll tolerate John Rock's brand of language.

Bob Lutz: Since I have so many good and happy things to talk about, I'll stop complaining so loudly every time anybody asks about Chrysler's quality.

Tatsuro Toyoda: I'll be very quiet and very humble and will introduce three dozen new vehicles that will kick every competitor's behind.

J. David Power: I'll stop asking so many questions.

Jack Smith: I'm going to become a famous American industrial statesman, on the covers of all the magazines, telling the GM story with enthusiasm and panache.


Ed Hagenlocker: Now that 'casual days' are such a success, I'll occasionally unbutton my suit coat on Fridays.

Michael Bassermann: Cupholders. We'll fill Mercedes cars with cupholders. More cupholders than GM's minivans.

Lou Hughes: I'll stay in Europe, thank you.

Helmut Panke: I'll take as many cars as I can get from South Carolina.

Rick Wagoner: I'll make money selling cars and trucks in North America. Not as much money as Kirk Kerkorian, but some money.

North American auto suppliers: I'll learn to say 'no' to GM.

Inaki Lopez: I'll ... no, my lawyer has advised me not to say anything.

Dick Recchia: I'll just keep quietly bucking the trend, selling more and more and more Mitsubishis. And I'll hold my tongue about U.S. trade barriers and how open the Japanese market is.

Francois Castaing and Tom Gale: We'll continue our string of product hits.

Bernd Pischetsrieder: Hmmm. What else is available in the U.S., Japan or Europe? How about BMW-Rover-Rolls-GM AG?

John Smale: Now that I've got my brand guy at GM, I'll go back to doing more fly-fishing.

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