Automakers Sound Off at L.A. Auto Show

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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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