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Detroiter Magazine – January Edition Highlights

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual automotive Detroiter magazine is now on newsstands. With distribution at the North American International Auto Show, the issue highlights many of the leading experts, companies and assets that make Michigan the global epicenter of the automotive industry. Designed by local graphic artist Leyland DeVito, the cover features General Motors’ Mark Reuss alongside award-winning vehicles that represent the carmaker’s dramatic resurgence out of bankruptcy.


  • An Icon for an Industry2014 Cadillac CTS Detroiter Jan 2014

    Pages 12-15

    Mark Reuss grew up in the auto industry. The son of a former GM president and a teenage intern at the Milford Proving Ground, he has served as the chairman of GM’s Australian operations, and since December 2009, president of General Motors North America. Continue Reading

  • Producing Excellence

    Page 6

    What a difference five years makes. During the depths of the financial crisis of 2008- 09, who among us would have guessed that in less than five years the U.S.-based automotive industry would be again flirting with annual sales of 16 million units, making record profits and hiring up a storm of new talent? Not me, and I was in the middle of it. Continue Reading

  • A New General

    Page 10-11

    As the January Detroiter went to press, General Motors announced that Mary Barra would succeed Dan Akerson as CEO, effective Jan. 15. The move not only marks the first time a female executive has broken through the glass ceiling to lead a major automaker, it reflects an important development for an industry fiercely competing for top-notch talent. Continue Reading

  • Legislators to Watch

    Page 52-53

    Here are six state lawmakers to keep an eye on in 2014. Continue Reading

  • Moving Forward

    Page 38-39

    Overall, I am very proud of the fact that OESA is now an established and respected industry institution representing the voice of suppliers and serving as a resource for suppliers to address their issues. OEMs recognize and respect OESA as a representative voice of suppliers and one that seeks positive solutions to industry issues. Suppliers look to OESA as a trusted, reliable resource to help address their issues. Continue Reading

  • Building the Base

    Page 39

    As president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), Julie Fream has a clear vision of where she wants to take the organization. The crux of her plans includes building on the core foundation of OESA that has made the member-focused supplier organization successful for the past 15 years. Continue Reading

  • A Matter of Time

    Page 16

    Once considered the stuff of fantasy, automobiles that drive themselves are fast becoming a reality and Michigan stands to play a major role in putting so-called autonomous vehicles on the world’s roadways as early as the next decade. “We are much closer than most people think,” said Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in Ann Arbor. Continue Reading

  • The Race is On

    Page 18-19

    Michigan could be a big winner in the drive to connected vehicles. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind test of connected vehicle technology on the streets of Ann Arbor to gather extensive data about system operability and its effectiveness at reducing crashes. Continue Reading

  • Motor City Momentum

    Page 40

    Welcome to Detroit and to the 25th Annual North American International Auto Show! I am so grateful that you have chosen to join us for this prestigious automotive showcase. Continue Reading

  • A Recovering Industry

    Page 42-43

    Paul Eisenstein sheds light on the auto industry’s resurgence By Marcus Amick Paul Eisenstein, publisher of, talks about major shifts in the global Continue Reading

  • Making a Mark

    Page 22-23

    As Toyota revs its North American engine in the coming year by bringing to market nine new vehicles, one of the automaker’s top global executives will guide the activity from Ann Arbor. Osamu “Simon” Nagata, newly appointed as president and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (TEMA), surprised many industry watchers last year when he chose the suburban college town for his office instead of northern Kentucky, where the operation has its brick-and-mortar headquarters. Continue Reading

  • Leading Development

    Page 24

    The global approach has affected the industry in many ways. Probably the most visible are the global platforms that have been developed where you have a lot of standardization of parts on the vehicle and a standardized structure of the vehicle that’s common around the world.

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  • Lessons Learned

    Page 26

    The cars that GM, Ford and Chrysler are coming out with right now are so much better than they had just five years ago. It’s a difference of night and day and that has exceeded my expectations. Continue Reading

  • An Industry Catalyst

    Pages 28-29

    In September, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the creation of an Automotive Industry Office and named Nigel J. Francis as the state’s automotive adviser. With his position housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Francis is charged with developing, implementing and executing a comprehensive strategic plan and road map for the automotive industry in Michigan. Continue Reading

  • Recruiting Against the Valley

    Pages 30-31

    An entry-level employee at Chrysler Group LLC is only seven levels removed from Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne. This is a selling point made clear when the company’s campus recruiters visit universities to tell its story to graduating engineers, IT specialists and others completing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as “STEM” fields. Continue Reading

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    DETROIT, February 21, 2014: Today, Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah issued the following statement on the Detroit Plan of Adjustment: “Detroit’s Plan of Adjustment provides a clear, workable and reasonable strategy to exit this historic bankruptcy. Continue Reading Continue Reading