Talk from the Top

TALK FROM THE TOP

Fuji CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga: As Subaru's sales skyrocket, its parent races to meet demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, CEO of Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries, talks about expanding capacity to meet the brand's breakneck sales growth, plans for a new three-row crossover and other matters in this Q&A.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Audi's Stadler says automaker will stay focused on 2020 goals despite diesel scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Although the immediate priority in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal is to fix affected customers' vehicles and settle all issues with regulators, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said the focus remains on increasing global sales to 2 million annually by 2020.... Read More »

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Mitsubishi's Masuko is banking on crossover-fueled rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko aims to keep the automaker's U.S. sales rebound going by consolidating the lineup around crossovers and electrified vehicles. He spoke about that strategy and his company's product plans in this Q&A.... Read More »

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Mazda's CEO seeks to play product, pricing right in the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai is betting new product and a disciplined approach to incentives eventually will build brand value and lift sales. He explains in this Q&A with Automotive News.... Read More »

CARLOS GHOSN, CEO, NISSAN MOTOR CO.

TALK FROM THE TOP: Nissan's Ghosn confident of hitting 10% U.S. share

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

A Q&A with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn -- Now 16 years into his leadership of Nissan Motor Co., CEO Carlos Ghosn continues to drive and evolve the automaker.... Read More »

TAKAHIRO HACHIGO, CEO, HONDA MOTOR CO.

TALK FROM THE TOP: Hachigo steers back-to-basics strategy at Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Takahiro Hachigo took over as Honda Motor Co. CEO last June as the company was recovering from several body blows.... Read More »

VIDEO: Ghosn's reach-it-or-else margin mandate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn warns that heads may roll if his team fails to reach his profit-margin target for 2017. He's also looking beyond a better battery to sell more EVs while touting a cure for range anxiety... Read More »

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GM's Barra: 'We can lead and disrupt others'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

In her first year as CEO, Mary Barra battled the demons of General Motors' past. In the second, she has been trying to predict far into the future. She has been spending time on topics of growing importance to investors and analysts: autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing and other mobility solutions that promise to alter the car-ownership experience.... Read More »

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 »

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