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There’s much to be said about an automaker’s CEO that is seen more often in a race suit than a business suit.
Toyota recently announced its North American leadership changes with current president and COO of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), Jim Lentz, becoming the first American CEO of TMS.
Lentz will make the official rise from COO to CEO on April 1st and has been one of the prominent faces of Toyota during their recent recall issues. Lentz was the public face during the interview rounds and even testified before Congress to address the recall situation.
The other major announcement was the naming of Shigeki Terashi to the role of president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA). Mr. Terashi will also be Toyota’s chief regional officer for North America when he assumes his new role April 1st.
When you’re the CEO of a company, it must bring a sense of pride when a successful product is finally completed after years of hard work.
Steve Jobs over at Apple had great pride in every iPhone that was released, and probably had a huge sense of satisfaction not only using the product he helped develop, but seeing the benefits it has on all the people around him. Akio Toyoda, CEO and President of Toyota, must be extremely proud with their new GT 86 sports car, but boy does he reap all the benefits of being the head of one of the largest automakers in the world.
Toyoda got behind the wheel of their newest creation, but being the CEO means you get to do anything you want without having to answer to anybody. So what better way to really enjoy the newest toy your company has to offer than to take it out onto a dirt track and going sideways in it? Easy, take it out on a giant snow field and go drifting in it.
And judging by the huge smiles on Toyoda’s face in the video, he loves the new GT 86 as much as we did. Autoguide had the opportunity to put the Scion FR-S to the test – you can read our review here – and we would certainly be proud of it if we were in charge of running the famous Japanese automaker. Too bad we didn’t get the chance to take it sideways in the dirt and snow though.
Get more info and news on the GT 86/FR-S forum.
Watch the video after the break, that truly reminds us that the Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S will make it “Fun to drive: again.”