Talk from the Top

JIM LENTZ, CEO, TOYOTA NORTH AMERICA

Plano pioneer: Lentz plots his next moves at Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American CEO was among the first employees to relocate to the new corporate home in Texas last September, part of an expeditionary team for what eventually will be a 4,000-strong work force. Now it's on to the work of launching six new vehicles this year, including the Miraj hydrogen fuel cell car.... Read More »

DETLEV VON PLATEN, CEO, PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA

Porsche's U.S. boss prepares for more growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Porsche's U.S. CEO expects this year to reach the brand's target of selling more than 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. The increased sales aren't enough to justify U.S. production. But Porsche does have plans for more U.S. dealerships and higher expectations of its dealers to go along with the growth.... Read More »

ALAN BATEY, GM NORTH AMERICA PRESIDENT

GM remains bullish but choosing a long-term view

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Alan Batey says he wants growth but insists that General Motors won't chase market share or get into incentive wars, as it did in the past. He's taking a long-term view as the automaker works to revitalize Chevrolet and Buick while accelerating the momentum of its upscale truck marque, GMC.... Read More »

JOE HINRICHS, FORD PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAS

Ford sweated details to improve launches

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

When Ford began building the aluminum-bodied version of its most profitable vehicle last year, the automaker set out to avoid the glitches that had hobbled other launches. As production of the redesigned F-150 pickup nears full speed again, Ford has done just that, Joe Hinrichs says.... Read More »

JOE HINRICHS INTERVIEW

Ford rides truck wave as small cars fizzle

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

After preparing for a future built on small cars, Ford is now straining to keep up with demand for SUVs and crossovers. What's more, the main reason Ford upped its profit guidance last week is demand for the new F-150 pickup, Americas chief Joe Hinrichs says.... Read More »

JOSE MUNOZ | CHAIRMAN, NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

Munoz says Nissan's 10% U.S. share in reach

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Nissan Chairman Jose Munoz faces a difficult assignment: He must take Nissan and Infiniti to a combined 10 percent US market share by March 2017, up from 8.4 percent at the end of 2014.... Read More »

STEVE CANNON | CEO, MERCEDES-BENZ USA

At Mercedes, signs point to a strong year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Two years from now, Mercedes-Benz USA will be a different company with "a new level of energy," CEO Steve Cannon said.... Read More »

YASUYUKI YOSHINAGA, PRESIDENT, FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Subaru boss: Strong growth brings new challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Hot-selling Subaru is going from strength to strength under Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries. The brand is poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. sales, and profits are getting a big boost from favorable exchange rates.... Read More »

OSAMU MASUKO, CEO, MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORP.

Masuko aims to build on Mitsubishi's momentum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Osamu Masuko, at the helm of beleaguered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for nearly a decade, wrapped up a hard-fought restructuring this year. Now, things are looking up. He restructured the company around electrified drivetrains and cars for emerging markets, and he engineered the company's return to a regular shareholder structure that no longer gives outsized influence to Mitsubishi Group companies.... Read More »

MARK FIELDS, CEO, FORD MOTOR CO.

Fields forges ahead as Ford faces new competition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Mark Fields spent his first few months as Ford Motor Co. CEO traveling the world to talk to employees about his strategy -- continuing and accelerating the One Ford plan created by his predecessor, Alan Mulally. Now, Fields says, Ford can take that framework into a challenging future where it faces not only competing automakers but "fierce nontraditional competitors."... Read More »

Barra Q&A: At GM, the biggest changes are just beginning

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

Mary Barra was just weeks into her job as the first female CEO of a global automaker when General Motors was consumed by a safety crisis now linked to 30 deaths. Barra acknowledges that the ignition-switch recall consumed much of her new executive team's attention this year. But she feels good about GM's handling of the most pressing task: a restructuring of product safety to prevent another deadly defect from slipping through.... Read More »

HAKAN SAMUELSSON, CEO, VOLVO

Upbeat outlook for Volvo in U.S., China, Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

Hakan Samuelsson, who took over as Volvo's CEO two years ago, has begun a turnaround at the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker. Through nine months, Volvo's global sales rose 9 percent to 339,300 vehicles. In Europe and China, the brand is growing at a faster rate than BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, though it trails the three brands in the U.S.... Read More »

MASAMICHI KOGAI, CEO, MAZDA MOTOR CORP.

Mazda chief: Profit trumps volume, market share

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

In June, Masamichi Kogai marked his first anniversary as Mazda Motor Corp. CEO by reaching the company's 2016 operating-profit target two years ahead of schedule. But tougher competition is forcing him to scale back earlier, bullish sales goals. Kogai spoke with Asia Editor Hans Greimel.... Read More »

JOE EBERHARDT, PRESIDENT, JAGUAR LAND ROVER NORTH AMERICA

Jaguar Land Rover to revise dealer incentive program

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover North America will work this year to revamp its variable margin -- the incentives dealers receive on top of the standard margin -- in an effort to improve customer satisfaction, says Joe Eberhardt, the company's new president.... Read More »

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Ford's Hinrichs wants better quality, smooth launches

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014

Ford is launching 16 new vehicles in North America this year, which Ford says is the busiest and most ambitious launch schedule in its history.... Read More »

LUDWIG WILLISCH, CEO, BMW OF NORTH AMERICA

Electric drive is key to putting BMW on top in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014

In five years, BMW will be the biggest luxury brand, be known for its electric mobility and have top-rated customer service, says Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America.... Read More »

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Volvo sets sights on U.S. with product onslaught

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2014

With new engines, new technologies and new vehicles, Volvo Cars of North America wants to have 1 percent of the U.S. automotive market in five years. That means sales of 150,000 to 160,000 units annually, significantly higher than today. CEO Tony Nicolosi forecasts 2014 sales of 63,000 units.... Read More »

MICHAEL BARTSCH, VICE PRESIDENT, INFINITI AMERICAS

Infiniti's U.S. boss gets new products, positioning

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014

Michael Bartsch left as COO of Porsche Cars North America to become vice president for Infiniti Americas less than a year ago. But he is already in the thick of the brand transformation begun a year earlier by his global boss, Johan de Nysschen.... Read More »

JOSE MUNOZ, CHAIRMAN, NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

Nissan brand is prospering, but Munoz wants more

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014

Nissan brand's U.S. sales are increasing; market share is rising; Nissan outsold Honda for the first three months of the year; new products are being launched more smoothly; dealer profitability is up, and the factory has ironed out some of the prickly issues on factory sales incentive programs that have vexed dealers.... Read More »

TOM DOLL, PRESIDENT, SUBARU OF AMERICA

Record-setting Subaru aims to be top 10 'in everything'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014

Subaru of America Inc. president, Tom Doll, expects Subaru sales growth to slow for the next few years to about 8 to 10 percent annually because of product constraints.... Read More »

STEVE CANNON, CEO, MERCEDES-BENZ USA

Cannon: 'Amazing product' drives Mercedes' sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014

Mercedes-Benz USA is likely to set a sales record this year as growth for luxury brands continues to exceed that of the mass market, said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.... Read More »

OSAMU MASUKO, PRESIDENT, MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORP.

Mitsubishi chief: Automaker's growth starts now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013

President Osamu Masuko has led a rebounding Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to record net income after years of restructuring.... Read More »

CARLOS GHOSN, CEO, NISSAN MOTOR CO.

Ghosn: Nissan must raise the bar for design, quality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013

CEO Carlos Ghosn is pushing hard to meet targets he set for Nissan Motor Co. as part of his Power 88 business plan that ends March 31, 2017: a global market share of 8 percent and an operating-profit margin of 8 percent.... Read More »

MASAMICHI KOGAI, CEO, MAZDA MOTOR CORP.

Mazda's back in the black, targets 400,000 U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013

When Masamichi Kogai, 59, took over as Mazda's CEO in June, he inherited a company that had just recorded its first annual profit in five years. As the company's former production and purchasing chief, he was instrumental in the overhaul that put Mazda Motor Corp. back on track.... Read More »

TAKANOBU ITO, CEO, HONDA MOTOR CO.

Honda aims for record sales, return to its sporty roots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013

Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito has positioned the company for a big increase in sales and a return to its performance engineering roots. Ito expects U.S. sales volume to set a record this year and climb higher next year on the back of new product.... Read More »

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