Summit Notebook

Audio – Liking that “first-mover” status

September 16, 2008

brown1.jpgAdriane Brown,  president and chief executive of Honeywell Transportation Systems, has had a pretty good year.

Audio – Sad September

September 16, 2008

zuchowski1.jpgUsually, when an automotive executive speaks to a group of reporters (hard-edged though we might all think we are), there’s a lot of nodding, maybe some typing or note-taking or positioning to get that next good question in.

Audio – Sure, we like leasing!

September 16, 2008

lentz1.jpgIf there’s been something most of the guests have discussed this week at the annual Reuters Autos Summit, it’s been leasing.

Audio – Watch your wallets!

September 16, 2008

ron2.jpgUnited Auto Workers head Ron Gettelfinger has been around long enough to know that sometimes things can change very quickly.

Audio – Timing is everything … and cash is king

September 16, 2008

ron1.jpgUnited Auto Workers head Ron Gettelfinger knows that a bird in hand is far better than one flying around with a bunch of promise.

Audio – To lease or not to lease, that is the question

September 15, 2008

york1.jpgWith apologies to the Bard, that is one of the key questions that U.S. automakers are asking themselves now.

Audio – Three?

September 15, 2008

stallkamp1.jpgThe Big Three.

Remember when GM, Ford and Chrysler carried around that nickname with pride?

Then, a few years ago, we noticed some of the automotive folks we know starting to call the three companes “The Detroit Three”. Still an impressive title. Detroit’s a big city and they make a lot of cars.

Audio – Feeling for a bottom

September 15, 2008

henderson1.jpgIt can’t get any worse.

Right?

Automotive executives and investors would love to have the answer to that question, but they just aren’t there yet.

Audio – The hits just keep on coming in 2008!

September 15, 2008

henderson2.jpgIt’s not like 2008 has been a dance around the maypole.

Fritz Henderson, chief operating officer of General Motors Co, said on Monday at the Reuters Autos Summit that the events of this past weekend — with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and sale of Merrill Lynch are just another things making a tough year worse for struggling U.S. automakers.

Audio – No parades yet for Ford’s CEO

September 15, 2008

mulally2.jpgIn a week where the U.S. financial system has been thrown for an enormous loop, Ford Motor Co Chief Executive Alan Mulally warned that it will be some time before the U.S. consumer feels free to spend, spend, spend.