Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn: Autonomous Technology Must Drive Auto Industry’s Future

Delivering a keynote address on the Automobili-D stage at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Nissan Motor Corp. Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn outlined his vision for the future of autonomous driving while also discussing the impact of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Ghosn highlighted four megatrends that are transforming the automotive industry. These trends include: the proliferation of global electric vehicle sales, increased consumer preference for autonomous and driverless vehicles, smart technology and connectivity, and the emergence of car-sharing and mobility as a service.

While he believes autonomous and driverless vehicles will dominant roads over the next decade, Ghosn did not discount the fact that automakers will still have to design and engineer a vehicle that consumers will want to purchase.

“In the end, we will still need an attractive, reliable vehicle that drives well,” he said.

Ghosn said as the auto industry embraces new technologies, collaboration among automakers, startups, the government, and the private sector will be essential.

In answering a question about President-elect Trump’s stance toward automakers who shift vehicle production out of the United States, Ghosn said Nissan has adapted a wait and see approach to the new administration’s policies while expressing hope for the future.

“If there’s one thing I would ask of President-elect Trump, it would be to maintain consumer confidence and a strong economy,” he said.

Michigan Automakers Kick Off 2017 Auto Show with Flurry of Product Unveils

The 2017 North American International Auto Show kicked off in grand fashion at Cobo Center in Detroit with a flurry of product announcements and vehicle unveils Monday during the first day of media previews. Press Preview Days give more than 5,000 credentialed journalists from around the world an up-close look at the latest automotive, technology and mobility innovation. Highlights from the day include:

  • Audi unveiled its all-new redesigned SQ5. The lightweight SUV boasts a 3-liter V6 engine with 354 horsepower and 368 pounds of torque. The SQ5 is equipped with a suite of advanced driver assist features, including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, and Audi Active Lane Assist. Read more about the SQ5.
  • BMW revealed its newest midsize 5-series sedan, which is equipped with adaptive LED headlights, fatigue and focus alerts and 18-inch, double-spoke wheels. The automaker also showed off its BMW X2 concept SUV and a new motorcycle. Read more about BMW.
  • Ford Motor Co. showed off its redesigned 2018 F-150 truck featuring a redesigned front-end grille and wheel options, new diesel engine, Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility, adaptive cruise control and driver safety technology. The automaker also laid out its vision for growing in the new mobility era through a mix of investment in smart technology development and autonomous vehicle research. Read more on Ford’s smart mobility vision.
  • General Motors Co. unveiled its 2018 Chevrolet Traverse crossover. The redesign features spacious three-row seating, 4G LTE wireless internet, and a 6-liter V6 engine boasting 305 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. Read more about the Traverse.
  • Honda unveiled its 2018 Odyssey, which will be available at dealerships nationwide this spring. The next-generation Odyssey includes features such as a uniquely versatile Magic Slide second-row seat, new CabinWatch and CabinTalk technologies, and a new rear entertainment system with streaming video. Read more about Honda’s 2018 Odyssey.
  • Lexus unveiled its fifth-generation LS sedan featuring a “coupe-like” design, twin-turbo V6 engine capable of 415 horsepower and a new advanced safety package. Read more about the luxury sedan.
  • Mercedes-Benz unveiled its sleek E-class coupe, one of its newest additions to a newly designed AMG lineup. The coupe features twin-turbo V6 engines that produce 392 horsepower and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Options include autonomous vehicle following at up to 130 mph. Read more about the coupe.
  • Nissan unveiled its 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport. The body is edgier and precise by shaving 2.3 inches of wheelbase, 12.1 inches of total length and 5.1 inches of total height over the standard Rogue, making this option most suited for functionality and appeal. Read more about the Nissan Rogue Sport.
  • Toyota unveiled its 2018 Camry. The sleek design features three powertrain options, including an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and a hybrid model. Read more about the Camry.
  • Volkswagen unveiled its new Tiguan and Atlas R-Line SUV, both being launched in the United States this year. “North America is very significant for our brand, and the most important task we face is to regain the trust of our customers,” said Herbert Diess, chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management. The I.D. Buzz, the first zero-emission van to drive fully autonomously, was also debuted. The I.D. Buzz combines a tremendous amount of travel space with an electric driving range of up to 270 miles. Read more about the I.D. Buzz.

For more updates from the auto show, visit www.naias.com.

MEDC and MICHauto Tour with Michigan-based Vehicles to Promote Auto Industry’s Role in Michigan’s Economic Comeback

DETROIT – August 1, 2014 – As part of a continuing effort to raise awareness of the importance of the automotive industry to Michigan’s economic comeback, and the role it will play in the state’s future, two leading automotive advocates are collaborating to tour the state in a fleet of vehicles with ties to Michigan.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto are leading the tour, which will include stops at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars on Aug. 4-7 in Traverse City, the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 16 and the MICHauto Summit on Sept. 23.

Statistics show how this high-tech industry continues to drive innovation and create jobs and investment in Michigan. In 2013, 28 Michigan counties received more than $2.3 billion in automotive investment, creating nearly 11,000 jobs.

“The automotive industry is driving Michigan’s economic revival in a significant way and that’s a message we want to be sure is both seen and heard across the state,” said Nigel J Francis, Senior Vice President, Automotive Office at the MEDC. “A picture is worth a thousand words, and this tour is a way to visibly showcase and share the great story about Michigan’s auto industry.”

The vehicles comprising the tour will feature logos from Pure Michigan and the Detroit Regional Chamber/MICHauto and represent a variety of manufacturers and suppliers that assemble, design and/or engineer world-class vehicles in Michigan. The vehicles, representing the global automotive presence in Michigan, include:

Chevrolet Silverado
Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee
Ford F-150
Ford Mustang
Nissan Rogue
Toyota Tundra

“Perceptions of Michigan’s automotive industry are lagging behind reality, even here at home. The industry is growing and sparking high-tech innovation in our state in a way that would make Henry Ford smile and Steve Jobs jealous,” said Glenn Stevens, Vice President, MICHauto and Strategic Development for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “The auto industry offers Michigan the opportunity to again redefine mobility for the world, and that’s something we need to get behind as a state. Michigan’s automotive industry is more than our glorious past; it’s setting the pace for our prosperous future.”

Auto enthusiasts are invited to join the conversation by sharing sightings and photos from around the state on social media channels with the hashtag #MichiganIsAuto.

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ABOUT MEDC
Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 82,092 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

ABOUT MICHauto
MICHauto is a key economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan. The program serves as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive industry, providing a platform for various automotive stakeholders to collaborate on matters related to advocacy, awareness, business attraction, and talent attraction and retention. To learn more, visit michauto.org.