Happy New Year to everybody. Hopefully 2019 will turn out to be more hopeful, more prosperous and more settled than we fear it might be. For a whole variety of reasons, not all linked to the U.K.’s exit from the EU, things will change dramatically this year. And the future of motor retailing in particular will crystallise, as technologies, distribution channels and ways of working move quickly to a new model. The problem is, we just don’t know what that model will be yet.
In the meantime, rather than get bogged down in domestic economic matters I have been reading the Wall Street Journal. The US has enjoyed its fourth record year of sales in a row. And at more than 17 million vehicles, a country that is about five times larger than the UK sells about seven times as many vehicles. But then the US is a big place.
And they cover a story that we have seen over here quite a bit, but have probably forgotten about during the Christmas break. The saga of Carlos Ghosn and his Japanese arrest. Apparently early next week he is challenging the basis upon which he has been detained, and in the meantime another senior director, Greg Kelly, has been released from jail, on bail. Something that happened on Christmas Day.
The paper also covers some of the Japanese prosecutors suspicions, things that I have not read about over here. It makes a fascinating read, and while Mr Ghosn looks to defend himself I am not going to repeat any of the allegations here. Partly because I have no idea whether they are true or not.
So it’s back to work, and probably back to reconsidering your own future. That is certainly been the case with many who have called us this week. Have a great weekend.

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An optimist stays up to see the New Year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves.
Bill Vaughan
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
Oprah Winfrey (1954 – ), O Magazine
Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.
Douglas Pagels, A Wonderful Resolution For The New Year!
Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you’ve met your New Year’s resolution.
Jay Leno (1950 – )
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