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Ralph Nader Inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

Safety advocate changed the industry, saved "1,000s of lives."

by on Jul.22, 2016

Ralph Nader turned safety into a serious issue for the auto industry.

The man once accused of trying to destroy Detroit now has a permanent home in the Motor City.

Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate credited with changing the way the auto industry operates with his critical book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” was one of four industry legends inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame on Thursday night, joining retired Ford CEO Alan Mulally, automotive engineer Roy Lunn and Bertha Benz, the wife and financier of pioneer Karl Benz.

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“There are thousands of people who would be dead if it weren’t for Ralph Nader,” said publisher Keith Crain as he introduced the 82-year-old Nader to an audience of industry managers and executives gathered for the black tie affair.


Automotive Hall of Fame Inducting Ralph Nader

New class includes former Ford CEO Alan Mulally.

by on Jun.16, 2016

Ralph Nader testifies before Congress in 1966. It was 50 years ago that his groundbreaking book, "Unsafe at Any Speed," was published.

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, is an industry sanctuary where the industry pioneers and legendary figures from its rich and diverse history.

But next month, the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn and board of directors, plans to make space for and put up a plaque dedicated to Ralph Nader, a long-time nemesis of the world’s carmakers. Nader’s 1966 critique of the Chevrolet Corvair, “Unsafe at Any Speed” is still considered off base by a lot of old-line Detroit executives.

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But Nader’s impact on the auto industry is undeniable and continues today with the industry’s emphasis on safety. In addition, Nader’s critique also helped lead to the creation of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and tighter regulation of the industry. (more…)

Automotive Hall of Fame Set to Induct Four “Who Moved the World Forward”

List includes Penske, Tata and Montezemolo.

by on May.07, 2015

Racing team owner and business man Roger Penske is part of the next induction class for the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Among the countless men and women who have worked in the auto industry since its earliest days, only the rare few have left a truly lasting legacy on the world, and four of them will find a lasting legacy as they’re inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame two months from now.

The four are a diverse group of modern-day legends, such as Roger Penske, Luca di Montezemolo and Ratan Tata, as well as industry pioneer Elwood Haynes – all chosen, the AHF said, because they “moved the world forward through their contributions to the global auto industry.”

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“Each made their unique vision a reality through tenacity and creativity,” said William R. Chapin, president of the Automotive Hall of Fame. It is the story of the automotive industry from the beginning and the Automotive Hall of Fame is proud to share that story.” (more…)

Power to the People

Quality guru J.David Power inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame.

by on Jul.25, 2014

Dave Power, founder of J.D. Power and Associates, was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

He isn’t your typical car guy, fixated on fast cars and powerful engines. But while his game is all about numbers, he isn’t exactly a bean-counter, either. J. David Power III has carved out a unique and, appropriately, powerful position in the automotive industry. And that’s something car buyers around the world should be grateful for.

The 83-year-old former newsboy is the founder of J.D. Power and Associates (JDPA), the California-based arbiter of quality in the automotive industry – and, increasingly, a variety of other industries from airlines to telecomm. With its public studies and private research, JDPA has become a critical link between consumers and manufacturers and, according to many in the car business, can claim a major share of the credit for the dramatic improvement in automotive quality and reliability over the past four decades.

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“He gives people their voice in the marketplace,” said Bud Liebler, a former Chrysler marketing vice president, who was on hand to honor Dave Power during his induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame on Thursday night. (more…)

Eight Pioneers Inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

In addition, four young automotive leaders honored for their contributions to industry

by on Oct.13, 2010

The Automotive Hall of Fame inducted eight new members. From left are Bill Chapin, AHOF president; Kate Jordan Wallace, daughter of Edward "Ned" Jordan; Francois Castaing, retired vice president of engineering for Chrysler; Jeff Mahl, great-grandson of George Schuster; Patrick Darrin, son of Howard "Dutch" Darrin; Rusty McClure, grandson of Lewis Crosley; Bill Tilden, former historian with the Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club International; Henry M. Kaiser, grandson of Henry J. Kaiser; and Stephen Polk, chairman of the AHOF board.

During the automotive age, countless numbers of forward thinkers have contributed to the car as we know it today.

These pioneers all envisioned a new type of device or a new way to make or sell it, despite naysayers, critics and doubters telling them that it couldn’t be done. They persevered because of what they alone saw for the future.


On Tuesday, eight more of the industry’s most influential people were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. In addition, four young automotive executives were honored for their contributions at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

Auto Hall of Fame Head Wants to Build Tourism

Grandson of Hudson Motor founder says hall needs do more.

by on Sep.15, 2010

Bill Chapin takes a spin on the 1893 replica of the Benz three-wheeler, which normally sits in the Automotive Hall of Fame, but was recently taken out and operated. “That was really exciting,” Chapin said.

Americans have a love affair with their cars that goes back to the creation of the auto industry more than 100 years ago. So it would make sense that they would want to visit the cradle  the automotive industry, Detroit.

But far too many people only think about crime, auto bailouts and bad football when they think of Detroit. They don’t realize Detroit’s role in putting the world on wheels.

That’s where Bill Chapin comes in. As the new president of the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Chapin has some ideas about how to get the general public to share his passion for Detroit’s automotive heritage.

Click here to visit the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Web site.

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AHF is the place to go to learn about the people whose names are on the cars we drive. Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, they’re all there, but so are Honda, Peugeot, Daimler and Ferrari. It’s not as much about the cars as it is about the people who created the automobile, then made it better over the course of history. You can also learn about The Driving Spirit, a theme that describes the unseen force that pushed inventors to think of something better.