Automakers Sound Off at L.A. Auto Show

Detroit News - November 29, 2012

Though Europe con­tin­ues to strug­gle, top auto indus­try exec­u­tives say next year is look­ing bright for car and truck sales – at least in the Unit­ed States.

Read what top auto­mo­tive execs have to say.

“Do I think we’re going to back to the days of 18 mil­lion units any­time soon? No,” Ford Motor Co. Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­c­as Mark Fields said Wednes­day morn­ing. “But when you look at the com­po­nents that dri­ve demand, I think it bodes well for con­tin­ued growth.”

“That feel­ing is in the air, that into 2013 the growth will con­tin­ue,” said Reid Bigland, pres­i­dent and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC’s Dodge brand.

Jim Lentz, pres­i­dent and CEO of Toy­ota Motor Sales USA, said, “The auto indus­try is gain­ing momen­tum. The fore­cast ahead looks even bet­ter.”

Chris Per­ry, GM vice pres­i­dent of glob­al vehi­cle mar­ket­ing said, “We see some growth in the econ­o­my as well. What we’re real­ly opti­mistic about is all of our new prod­ucts.”

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