Talk from the Top
 
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 »
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 »

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 »

YASUYUKI YOSHINAGA, PRESIDENT, FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Subaru brand boss plans for growth in U.S. sales, service

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Subaru brand boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga is determined to ensure his company can cope with its sales explosion. The all-wheel-drive specialist is on pace to notch its fifth straight year of record U.S. sales in 2013. Now the tough part: Dealing with the demand.... Read More »

RUPERT STADLER, AUDI CHAIRMAN

Audi chief prefers steady growth to profit-cutting spiffs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Audi has slowly but steadily improved its U.S. market share since 2006, and Chairman Rupert Stadler sees an opportunity to continue to grow -- but not by piling on lease deals. "We are taking the necessary time to grow organically," he said. "Maybe with a little higher lease penetration we quickly could sell much more, but then our profitability would probably suffer."... Read More »

HAKAN SAMUELSSON, CEO, VOLVO

Volvo plans new cars, better styling, 'clever solutions'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Hakan Samuelsson had been a Volvo board member and a trucking executive when he became Volvo's CEO in October 2012, taking over a company with slumping U.S. sales and a dearth of fresh product. Now, he says, Volvo executives have developed plans to hit 800,000 global sales by 2020, up from about 450,000 annually today.... Read More »

AKIO TOYODA, PRESIDENT, TOYOTA MOTOR CORP.

Toyota's new offensive's goal: Improvement, not sheer volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
President Akio Toyoda says Toyota Motor Corp. is finally ready to go on the offensive again, after being hobbled in recent years by such crises as the global financial meltdown following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, unintended acceleration recalls and Japan's killer earthquake.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: JIM LENTZ, CEO, NORTH AMERICA REGION, TOYOTA MOTOR CORP.

Toyota streamlines decision-making for North America

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
Toyota President Akio Toyoda restructured the company's management this year to give more authority and autonomy to local regions. Nowhere was this more evident than in North America, where Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor Sales, was placed in charge of all Toyota sales and manufacturing for the region.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: LUDWIG WILLISCH, CEO, BMW OF NORTH AMERICA

BMW counts on new models to keep luxury sales crown

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
Mercedes-Benz led the U.S. luxury-brand sales race through April of 2013, but BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch expects BMW to repeat as No. 1 for the year. Willisch says help is on the way in the form of three models debuting this fall: the 3-series GT crossover, 4-series coupe and a redesigned X5 crossover.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: MARK REUSS, NORTH AMERICAN PRESIDENT, GENERAL MOTORS

GM seeks clean launch, regular updates for pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, says GM is staying vigilant on the June launch of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-sized pickups, its most important rollout since the company's 2009 bankruptcy. He says GM is closely monitoring suppliers to avoid bottlenecks that could delay the launch or hurt quality.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: JOE HINRICHS, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAS, FORD MOTOR CO.

Hinrichs: Quality is 'of the highest priority' at Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
After three frenetic years overseeing Ford's ambitious Asia Pacific expansion plans, including the construction of nine plants, Joe Hinrichs returned to the Dearborn, Mich., world headquarters in December to take over as president of the company's most profitable region: the Americas. Hinrichs found Ford's North American operations in the midst of a major growth spurt.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: SCOTT KEOGH

Audi's tight supply, fast turn rate lift dealer profitability

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2013
Audi of America President Scott Keogh is presiding over a brand with momentum, with U.S. sales up 16 percent through April and a batch of new vehicles launched or on tap. Keogh, 44, became president of Audi of America in June, a promotion from chief marketing officer.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: COLIN DODGE

Nissan retools management structure for global growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2013
Last year, Colin Dodge juggled a long list of responsibilities for Nissan Motor Co. He was global chief performance officer and in charge of Nissan's markets in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. Last year also was a period of product renewal and expansion for the Nissan and Infiniti brands in the Americas, and Dodge acknowledges that it was challenging.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: STEVE CANNON

Mercedes CEO: Customer service will be 'my legacy'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2013
Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon says customer service will be "the next major battlefield for all luxury manufacturers" and will be Cannon's main priority over the next five years.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: ANDY GOSS

Goss: 'We have to move the Jaguar brand image forward'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2013
When the topic is luxury brands, Jaguar Land Rover North America CEO Andy Goss wants Jaguar to be mentioned in the same sentence as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus.... Read More »

DAN AKERSON, CEO, GENERAL MOTORS

Akerson aims to make GM executives more accountable

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2012
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson is steadily putting his stamp on the automaker. He has shaken up the marketing ranks and brought in new blood, such as Bob Ferguson, GM's former Washington lobbyist turned global head of Cadillac.... Read More »

TAKASHI YAMANOUCHI, CEO, MAZDA MOTOR CORP.

Mazda CEO targets higher sales, upscale brand image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2012
After Mazda Motor Corp.'s fourth straight year of net losses, CEO Takashi Yamanouchi has the company poised to rebound to profit and big sales growth. Yamanouchi, 67, also is banking on Mazda's new line of chassis, frame, engine and transmission systems, known collectively as Skyactiv technologies, to move the brand upscale. The goal: Minimize incentives and command better residuals.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: OSAMU MASUKO, PRESIDENT, MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORP.

Mitsubishi's U.S. rebound plan: Boost lineup, add output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2012
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. President Osamu Masuko has a big fix-it list. Mitsubishi's U.S. lineup has shrunk to four models, sales were down 29 percent through October, market share has dwindled and the i electric vehicle is a flop.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: YASUYUKI YOSHINAGA, PRESIDENT, FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Tops on Yoshinaga's to-do list: Squeezing out more Subarus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2012
Subaru boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga has an enviable problem. His company can't make cars fast enough to meet demand.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP: CARLOS GHOSN, CEO, NISSAN MOTOR CO.

Ghosn charges ahead on Nissan's market share, EV goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2012
Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn is chasing ambitious goals under his current business plan: a 10 percent market share in the United States and 8 percent globally by 2017. But things aren't going as planned. The company's U.S. market share hovered at just 7.9 percent for the first 10 months of 2012, down from 8.2 percent in all of 2011.... Read More »

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