L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Lincoln President Kumar Galholtra

Lincoln Motor Co. President Kumar Galhotra at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

We asked executives attending the L.A. Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of the automotive industry. Here’s what Lincoln Motor President Kumar Galhotra told us.

What’s your daily driver?

A Lincoln Continental.

What’s your favorite weekend or summer holiday drive?


Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway.

What current motorized vehicle (made by some other company than your own) do you particularly admire?

A Royal Enfield Bullet 500 motorcycle.

What historic car or truck do you wish you owned?

There are two: a Jaguar XKE and a Lincoln Mark II in Bermuda blue.

What’s the biggest challenge currently facing the automotive industry? What’s the most exciting change currently at work in the automotive industry?

I would say that the biggest challenge and biggest opportunity are autonomous vehicles. Throughout our history, Ford has worked hard to earn the trust of our customers, and we will continue to do the same with autonomous vehicles.

If the future offered flawless autonomous driving, would you still keep a car for weekend driving?


Absolutely. I would still want to be able to have the ability to drive a vehicle. At that point, there will likely be nostalgia associated with driving.

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