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‘Michigan Matters’ Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers

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Michigan Matters CBS 62 crew traveled to Cobo to talk to Detroit’s movers and shakers. Learn more about what these leaders had to say on a variety of topics.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - Roger PenskeRoger Penske, Founder, Penske Corp.

Roger Penske, motor racing icon and entrepreneur, talks about the world’s love affair with autos and why muscle cars like the Camaro, Mustang and Corvette touch a nerve like few other vehicles. Penske also offers his thoughts on the rebounding Detroit Three and the road ahead for Motor City.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - Bob LutzBob Lutz, owner, VL Automotive

The “quintessential car guy” Bob Lutz, who has worked as a high ranking executive at GM, Ford and Chrysler, offers thoughts on the Detroit Three. And why the 80-something executive thinks there is no other city like Motor City and why it has bright future.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - Sir Martin SorrellSir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group

WPP Group is a huge force in automotive advertising. His communications empire includes JWT, Ogilvy and Mather, Young & Rubicam, Grey. Sorrell offers insights into the global market and how it will impact tidings for the Detroit Three.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - Olivier FrancoisOlivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, Chrysler Group LLC

The man behind the Super Bowl commercials featuring Eminem, Clint Eastwood, talked how Detroit has impacted the company. He is taking a deeper dive into the Motor City’s heritage with Motown founder Berry Gordy who is now appearing in commercials for the auto maker.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - Danny GloverDanny Glover, actor and community activist

“Lethal Weapon” actor Danny Glover might be getting too old for Mel Gibson’s craziness but he’s up for the challenge of helping the UAW in its bid to organize A Nissan plant in Canton, Miss. Glover appeared along with the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN) at the show and talked about efforts to organize Nissan’s Canton, Miss. Plant. Glover also talked about Detroit and its role in history of African Americans.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - Zeng QinghongZeng Qinghong, general manager, GAC Group

GAC Groub is the only chinese firm to debut product at the Auto Show. He talked about why they decided to appear at NAIAS. He also talks about a joint venture with Chrysler-Fiat to building vehicles together for the Chinese market.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - David FischerDavid Fischer, chairman/CEO, The Suburban Collection

Fischer talked about the plight of dealers in recent years. He has over 40 dealerships and is a big time community leader in Metro Detroit. He talked about Detroit on the rebound.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - Bob KingBob King, president, UAW

King talks about the direction of Michigan and Right To Work. He talks how UAW helped Detroit Three prosper.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - Wang XiaWang Xia, Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Automotive Sub-Council

He talks about growing bridges between Detroit and China. He runs auto shows in Beijing, Shanghai and other cities in China. He thinks Detroit is important on world’s auto stage.

'Michigan Matters' Web Extra: Auto Industry Movers And Shakers - Bill PickardBill Pickard, CEO, Global Automotive Alliance

A mega successful auto supplier — Pickard talks about the tough times suppliers have had to face. But they too are rebounding. And he offers his thoughts on Detroit going forward.

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