DETROIT – Automotive CEOs held their third summit meeting at the Renaissance Marriott hotel here today to discuss such subjects as fuel quality and globally harmonized rules, but Motor Co. Ltd.’s Carlos Ghosn was not among them.
“I never go,” he tells a group of international journalists he is hosting at a dinner the night before. “I like meetings with an outcome.” The reporters were in town to attend the North American International Auto Show here.
The CEOs held their first global summit 28 months ago at the Paris 2002 auto show, and a year later they met in Tokyo. The meetings are low-profile events, with seldom more than a short statement released afterward.
Rick Wagoner, chairman ofCorp., hosted this year’s gathering.
The meetings technically are arranged as joint ventures between the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Assn., and ACEA, the European manufacturers group.
Bernd Gottschalk, president of the German industry association VDA, said earlier that 14 CEOs were expected.
But Ghosn did not put the meeting on his schedule, although in April he will become CEO of two auto makers,and French alliance partner SA.
Ghosn says currentCEO Louis Schweitzer has attended the previous meetings as well as this week’s summit.