Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Keynote Address at CES 2017 (Full Transcript)

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Here is the full transcript of Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn’s keynote address at CES 2017 Conference. The event took place at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Speakers at the event:

Gary Shapiro – President and CEO of CTA

Carlos Ghosn – Chairman and CEO, Nissan Motor Company

Dr. Maarten Sierhuis – Director, Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley

Takao Asami – SVP, Research and Development, Nissan Motor Company

Ogi Redzic – SVP, Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services at Renault Nissan Alliance


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Introducing speaker: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, Gary Shapiro.

Gary Shapiro – President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association

Good afternoon and welcome. Our guest today Mr. Carlos Ghosn is the leader of two global powerhouses in automotive technology: Nissan Motor Company and French automaker, Renault with more than 450,000 employees. Born in Brazil, he is a widely respected global business executive, fluent in Portuguese, Arabic, English and French. When he was named CEO of Renault Group in 2005, he became the very first person to run two global Fortune 500 companies simultaneously. In 2009, he had the title of Chairman of the Board of Renault. Mr. Ghosn is also the Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This alliance has sold more than 8.5 million vehicles in 2015. That’s actually more than one in ten cars worldwide. And with Nissan’s acquisition of a controlling stake in October — a stake in Mitsubishi Motors in October, just a couple of months ago, that total should reach 10 million vehicles for the fiscal year 2016.

Mr. Ghosn is now also the Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors Company. He speaks today as the Chairman and CEO of Nissan Motor Company. Mr. Ghosn was the lead architect of the Nissan revival plan which transformed the company from near-bankruptcy to profitability within two short years. And as a result of this reinvention, Nissan has achieved higher profit margins than many of its rivals and substantially expanded its geographic market with a presence in more than 160 countries and regions.

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On our stage today, Mr. Ghosn and his Nissan colleagues will help us all look into the future, an amazing future that is not very far away. But before Mr. Ghosn get started let me step aside for a minute to give you a sneak preview of what’s ahead.

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Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming to the CES stage Mr. Carlos Ghosn.

Carlos Ghosn – Chairman and CEO, Nissan Motor Company

Thank you. Thank you, Gary. Congratulation on 50 years of the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s amazing. In recent years, CES has started looking more and more like a motor show. The reverse is also true: motor shows are increasingly becoming technology showcases. Automakers once competed to unveil the most attractive appealing vehicles. We must still deliver on this classic expectation but now we are also competing to introduce new breakthrough technologies. This is just one of the many changes our industry is undergoing.

The disruptive triangle of autonomous drive technology, electric vehicles, connected cars and services mean we will see more change in the next 10 years than we did in the last 50. And it’s why I cannot, and nobody can really foresee in detail the future of our industry. But four predictions from industry analysts tell a little bit the story of where we are heading. By 2030, 15% of new vehicles sold could be fully autonomous, eyes-off, hands-free driving. No cars have been sold yet commercially with this capability.

In 2030, electric cars could account for 25% of new cars sold in urban areas. This is an increase from fewer than 1% sold globally in 2015. By 2030, more than one-fourth of all miles could be traveled via shared mobility. This is an increase from 4% of global miles traveled in 2015. By 2025, virtually all cars could be connected to the internet.

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