Auto folks find schmoozing irresistible. So in between speeches at the J.D. Power International Automotive Roundtable on Friday, dealers, auto execs and others chewed over hot topics.
The looming war with Iraq was issue No. 1. They also discussed GMs incentive strategy, the sluggish economy, Fords and Chryslers turnaround efforts and the relentless growth of Asian brands.
The roundtable was at the San Francisco Hilton. PHOTOS: JOE WILSSENS
|Chrysler group COO Wolfgang Bernhard told the audience that Chrysler will overhaul the interiors of all of its products over the next few years.|
|Bridgesone/Firestone CEO John Lampe, right, chats with AutoNation President Michael Maroone.|
|Ford Chairman Bill Ford left, enjoys talking with Dave Power, chairman of J.D. Power and Associates.|
|General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner makes a point.|
|Federal Highway Administration Administrator Mary Peters discusses the Segway Personal Transporter with Dean Kamen, Segway LLC chairman and inventor.|