Here's a look at the 2014 inductees:
• Keith E. Crain — Chairman of Detroit-based Crain Communications and editor-in-chief of Automotive News, Automotive News Europe, Autoweek and Crain's Detroit Business, he also is recognized for his leadership and active participation in numerous civic and industry organizations, according to the Hall of Fame.
• Ferdinand K. Piëch — The Austrian business magnate, engineer and executive is chairman of the supervisory board of Volkswagen Group. Among his accomplishments, the Hall said he is credited with evolving and growing the Audi brand to be considered among the finest lines of automobiles in the world.
• J.D. “Dave” Power III — The founder of Westlake Village, Calif.-based J.D. Power and Associates, a global marketing information services company, “established an empirical basis for measuring automotive customer satisfaction. Documenting what American consumers experienced helped Toyota establish a major presence in the U.S.,” the Hall said.
• Alex Sarantos Tremulis — Without any formal training in art or engineering, “one of America's greatest industrial designers began his career as a member of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg design team,” the Hall said, noting that among his many contributions were applying aerodynamic principles of streamlining to the automobile.
The Automotive Hall of Fame's mission is to preserve and celebrate outstanding automotive achievement. Since its founding in 1939, the Hall has honored nearly 800 men and women from around the world.
In 1939, a group met in New York City and created the “Automobile Old Timers,” an organization dedicated to honoring pioneers from all parts of the automotive industry. The organization moved to Washington, D.C., in 1960. Then in 1971 it moved to the grounds of Northwood Institute (now Northwood University) in Midland, Mich. The first permanent Automotive Hall of Fame building was built on the Northwood campus in 1975.
In 1997, another group of dedicated automotive aficionados moved the Automotive Hall of Fame to its present location next to The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
Tickets to the 2014 induction ceremony can be purchased by contacting Terri David at 313-240-4000 or [email protected].