TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.-- Automotive News asked participants at the Management Briefing Seminars yesterday: Who do you think are the Big 3 now?
Its really the Big 2, when you look at overall performance: Toyota and GM. Well have to wait to see who becomes the third.
-- David Cole,
Center for Automotive Research
Any kind of grouping is not necessarily doing those companies very well or the industry as well as it should. The Big 3, if you just look at volume, is still GM, Ford and Chrysler. But weve got to start looking at each company on its individual merits.
-- Gary Cowger,
president, North America
I think we should do away with that label. Its the Big Six. You have to include Toyota and you cant throw out DaimlerChrysler. Or Nissan, but you have to call it Renault-Nissan, which is what it is. When you think about it, its GM, Ford, Toyota. Youve got to have Honda too. Youve got have Volkswagen. On the cusp, I think the other two are BMW and Peugeot. Fiat you dont have to have. Peugeot is a serious company. Its amazing how well they do being as regional as they are.
-- Chris Theodore,
vice president of advanced product creation,
Ford Motor Co.
The definition has changed a little over the past 10 years because suppliers have changed. The Big 3 of North America and the Big 3 globally can be totally different, depending on where your business is today. You have to look at where your own business is, and look at who happens to be the big players in that market.
-- Jim Flood,