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0 to 60: VW exec speeds through auto show

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 - 03:51

Apr. 2 - Volkswagen Group of America CEO Jonathan Browning's stamina is put to the test by a frenzied 10-hour schedule at a New York Auto Show filled with media interviews and product launches. Reuters’ Conway G. Gittens went along for the ride.

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-- that was excellent sixty miles per hour it's not the speed of the latest Volkswagen. But more like Jonathan brown thinks pace as he begins his day at the New York auto show. And it's only 7:30 in the morning. Ahead of folks want an America makes a bee line for quick look at this stage -- you later unveiled his newest model. He looks around gives its approval and then it's off to the area backstage -- a series of offices and meeting to set up. Second task. Going over his jam packed schedule with his executive team the latest on the I'm Jenny is he's wolves. Then target caught up with press coverage of the competition overnight. And even sometime book -- light moment. So I just saw him in the terminal -- this morning and then. Content over the book on the civil war that we've been talking about Santiago -- -- -- and -- music retailers and let him -- That's one of the few chances to get in the -- Because from here on out it's all media all the time. Good morning everybody there is American. I think they are available on motor show I -- and move those interviews in one. And these interviews are lucky cat -- this -- media roundtable which last 45 minutes is with print journalist waste no time with. The hard hitting questions. You let the here. -- a set amount -- have don't wanna go any further than -- world. A few more question is then it's off to prepare for interview with his own company. Then it's back to the office to prepare for the main event surrounding today's filled with walking. Walking. And more walking. Well all the walking he will do today is this -- walk that's most important. Stages that microphones tested speech rehearsed and the press is waiting for him to step out from behind the curtain and take his moment in the spotlight. It blows like -- America president. Johnson right. The -- it's. All eyes are on Browning in the new Volkswagen Golf which he hopes will continue to double digit sales growth companies on twenty well. And expecting 2013. But as 25 minute press conference is nothing compared to what happens next. He spends just about two hours and TV interview after TV interview some standing others sitting down. Think he's relaxing here having attacked -- TV interview. There are some interviews with US broadcasters and others with foreign broadcasters. No surprise since its two biggest customers are China and Brazil. And that brings me to the other part of his day. Rounding spends a lot of time shaking hands. Time for quick lunch break twenty minutes tops and an update from an executive assistant and then it's off to another media roundtable. This time it's -- -- filled with members of the German press hoping to get more insight. On how the United Auto Workers are doing and trying to unionize -- w.'s plant in Chattanooga Tennessee. Bonus. -- -- Now Browning just to check out how other members of the Volkswagen group we're doing at the auto show. First to stop the -- spot to take up to 200500. Dollar lines are. And later on to Porsche when he tries to blend in as one of the spectator is finally. Nobody asking. Him questions.

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0 to 60: VW exec speeds through auto show

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 - 03:51