Wednesday, November 28, 2012

<i>Automotive News</i> names its industry All-Stars

  • CEO, North America – Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Chrysler Group: How does 31 straight months of positive year-over-year sales sound? The Fiat and Chrysler chief has bestowed dealers with a wealth of new product, and the American automaker is expected to post $1.5 billion in profits this year, in spite of economic turmoil in Europe.

  • CEO, Asia – Takanobu Ito, President, Honda Motor Co.: In addition to leading the Japanese automaker through the aftermath and destruction of a tsunami, Takanobu Ito has overseen the revival of the NSX sportscar and the emergency facelift of the Honda Civic. He has also stated the company is looking to grow to six million in global sales in the next four years. Big plans, but he has also delivered up to this point.

  • US Exec, Asian Automaker – Jim Lentz, CEO Toyota Motor Sales USA: Lentz has endured as Toyota's US boss through the 2010 unintended acceleration issue, and the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Through all of this, the Toyota Camry is still America's best-selling car, and profits are on the rise. Success in the face of crisis, indeed.

  • US Exec, European Automaker – Jonathan Browning, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America: The 53-year-old Englishman came over to head up Volkswagen of America two years ago. Since then, VW sales have increased here at a rapid pace, and the brand has opened the Chattanooga plant to build the Passat. The plant is expected to expand to produce a mid-sized crossover ( Tiguan perhaps?) for the US market.

  • To see the rest of the AN All-Stars, as well as previous year's winners, click through to the link below.

    News Source: Automotive News - sub. req.

    Category: Car Buying, China, Europe, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Fiat

    Tags: automotive news, automotive news all stars, jim lentz, jonathan browning, martin winterkorn, sergio marchionne, takanobu ito


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