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How Prophetic Were Top Auto Executives? - VIDEO FEATURE

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Review of past key speeches reveals interesting mix of accurate and inaccurate predictions

By Marc J. Rauch

Originally published December 8, 2011

A couple of times a day we choose a video to feature in our main video window on front page. This morning I was looking for something a little different. I wanted something that could give some perspective to the state of the auto industry today - and consequentially to the state of our economy today. So my search took me back to some of the various keynote and policy speeches that we were able to videotape over the past several years.

The video I chose for the front page is that of Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. I chose it because Mr. Ghosn's speech was made shortly after Barak Obama's election as president. And considering how Obama has failed in every single aspect of what he "campaign promised" to do (from re-instilling world faith in America to peace to economic recovery); I thought it was the most significant.

However, I found that each of the videos I reviewed offered many remarkably insightful and sometimes stupid comments from the top executives at the various auto-related companies; so much so that I thought it was worth compiling the videos on one page for you, our audience, to enjoy.

And by the way, only The Auto Channel can offer you this perspective because only The Auto Channel cared enough to record and archive these videos.

2006 Los Angeles Auto Show - Rick Wagoner Keynote Speech

2007 LA Auto Show: Ford CEO Alan Mulally

2008 LA Auto Show - Carlos Ghosn Keynote Speech

Audi U.S. President on the Future and Sustainable Technology (2009)

Bob Lutz Keynote Speech at 2009 LA Auto Show

2010 Chicago Auto Show: Opening Keynote - Mark Reuss

2010 LA Auto Show: Stefan Jacoby Keynote Speech

John McCain on Alt Fuel, Global Warming and Nuclear Energy

T. Boone Pickens on Alternative Fuel, Energy and Politics

Exclusive Pre-Paris Motor Show Interview with the Lamborghini CEO

Exclusive Interview with Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves

Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Automobiles

Renault EV Press Conference at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show - Carlos Ghosn

CA Governor Wannabe Gavin Newsom - Keynote at Plug In 2009

Andy Grove's speech at Plug-In 2008

The New General Motors Company Launches Today - CEO Fritz Henderson

Chrysler's Jim Press Talks to Western Automotive Journalists (2008)

Carl-Peter Foster of GM Europe Calls for More Government Support for CNG at 2008 Paris Motor Show