Former Nissan U.S. Chief Dies
Tom Mignanelli, who headed Nissan Motor Co.’s U.S. sales unit in the early 1990s, died late last month at the age of 73.
Mignanelli spent 18 years at Ford Motor Co., including a stint as general sales manager for the company’s Lincoln-Mercury division. He joined Nissan in 1987 and became the first American CEO of the company’s U.S. operations in 1990. He left Nissan in 1993 following quadruple bypass heart surgery.
Known for his blunt and aggressive managerial style, Mignanelli had mixed results during his tenure at Nissan. He is credited with updating and streamlining the company’s organization and business practices. But he was unable to revive slumping sales and was faulted for spending millions of dollars on an ill-fated motorsports program.
After leaving Nissan, Mignanelli worked as an executive recruiter and was involved in automotive service businesses. He retired to Hawaii in 2003.
To know that 3,000 cars have been delivered since October 2015 would undoubtedly result in a shrug: in 2017 Toyota delivered 387,081 Camrys, so that 3,000 is less than one percent, and this is in one year, not just over two.
Often when there are vehicles that have ceased production and are in the process of being completely moved out of the system there are sales numbers that look like this: Honda Insight: June 2016, 9; June 2015, 126; % change: 93.1% Sometimes there is a vehicle that has just gone into production and it catches the sales at just the right time so that there are numbers that look like this: Honda Ridgeline: June 2016, 2,472; June 2015, 7; % change: 33,856% OK.
For conducting business in the U.S. market, Toyota has historically had several separate business entities: a sales and distribution company headquartered in California (Toyota Motor Sales, USA); manufacturing operations (Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America); a racing subsidiary (Toyota Racing Development, USA); the Toyota Technical Center for R&D in Ann Arbor; and a design facility in California (Calty Design Research, Inc.). On April 1, 2006, Toyota merged its R&D operations and its manufacturing operations into a single company.