Ford Motor's Mark Fields says the automaker's business is doing "extremely well" in China where sales were up 45% in the first three months of the year.
Kia's Michael Sprague expects Kia's recent sales momentum to continue as more buyers get acquainted with the automaker's portfolio. Kia is also looking to tap into the luxury market.
Toyota's Bob Carter says early sales indications are April are "holding up nearly as strong as March" and "sales momentum for Toyota is fantastic."
Subaru says its biggest challenge right now is keeping dealers stocked with enough inventory to meet demand. The Forester is down to a 14-day supply.
Infiniti says the luxury car market is doing very well and is now more than ever before being driven by millennial buyers. By 2020, Infiniti hopes to have "11 or 12" cars and SUVs in its lineup.
Volkswagen took the wraps off its redesigned Jetta at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday. The new 2015 Jetta will have a lower profile and sporty interior. VW USA CEO Michael Horn says beyond the Jetta, the big question 'is how the passenger car market continues to develop.' VW has already announced a new mid-size SUV for 2016 but has not yet made a decision on whether it will be produced in Tennessee or Mexico. Separately, Horn says April sales are 'looking steady' about halfway through the month.
Ford's COO Mark Fields says the automaker is pleased with customer reaction to what is in the showroom and is very excited about the progress at the Lincoln brand.
Mercedes USA CEO Steve Cannon describes the new S63 AMG Coupe as 'Kate Upton with a Harvard degree who could beat Usain Bolt in a 100 meter dash.'
GM CEO Mary Barra, speaking in New York City at the J.D. Power Automotive Forum on Tuesday, says the automaker will launch a group within GM which will focus on the safety and performance of cars and trucks that are in the development stage in a move to prevent issues like the ignition switch recall. GM's VP of Global Product Development Mark Reuss will lead the organization in addition to his other duties. Also, Barra declined to provide a specific timetable on fixing the recalled cars.
In a move to capitalize on the explosive growth in the small SUV market, Chevrolet will bring the Trax to the U.S. at the end of 2014.