NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS:
JACK SMITH: No more reorganizations. (But we will try to build all those pickups and sport-utilities that the customers and dealers are clamoring for.)
WILLIAM CLAY FORD JR.: To paraphrase my great-grandfather, I'll give you any color car you want, as long as it's green.
NISSAN'S YOSHIKAZU HANAWA: Exactly what we're going to do hasn't been decided yet. But I assure you it will be different from what we've been doing.
NISSAN'S MIKE SEERGY: To sell Nissans without incentives.
KIA'S EX-CHAIRMAN KIM SUN-HONG: I'd just be happy to get out of the pokey.
BILL CLINTON: I might just quit and turn this job over to Al Gore, and then won't you guys in Detroit wish you'd been more supportive of your president?
AL GORE: Another warm day, another hole punched through the ozone layer. If I get, uh, promoted, I'll trade in the limo for one of those solar-powered jobs with the bike wheels. Tipper can walk.
SATURN'S CYNTHIA TRUDELL: I suppose I'll accept the burden of being a pioneer woman in a high-profile job. (Also, I'll beg, borrow and steal to get a sport-utility.)
HONDA'S DICK COLLIVER: To make Acura as successful as Honda.
FERDINAND PIECH: No more Mr. Nice Guy. More new VWs.
TOYOTA'S YALE GIESZL: We'll sell ABOUT A ZILLION BIG PICKUP TRUCKS and sport-utes, but we won't affect anybody else's market share.
STEVE YOKICH: No more GM plant strikes. But there may be an opportunity to organize GM dealers.
GARY COWGER: I'll learn to sing 'Solidarity Forever' a cappella.
ROSS ROBERTS: Solidarity forever? We'll organize Ford dealers in every city bigger than Podunk.
BOB EATON: Fight the urge to bolt with the cash before my three years are up.
JUERGEN SCHREMPP: First Germany, then America. Tomorrow the world! But no, we're not going to buy Nissan Motor Co.
MIKE JACKSON of Mercedes-Benz of North America: OK, I'll report to Auburn Hills, but I'm not going to climb in any hot rods.
RON ZARRELLA: I'm going to take a crash course in vehicle development and manufacturing. Since we need a car guy near the top of GM, I'll do it myself.
WAYNE HUIZENGA: If John Elway AutoNation works in Denver, we'll buy a jock in every town. How about 'Dennis Rodman AutoNation' in Chicago?