Days in the life
Tributes, protests, fund raisers, artists and a practical joke are all things we remember about this year.
Photo credit: HANS GREIMEL
At the Japan debut of the Volkswagen Up, Walter de' Silva, VW's global design chief, held the attention of a crowded convention hall as he sat at a drafting table onstage and whipped out a sketch of the car.
Walk of life
In October, dealer Jenell Ross and about 200 friends, family members and dealership employees were among 10,000 people who walked through downtown Dayton, Ohio, to raise money to support breast cancer research and education. Ross, second from left at front, is president of her family-owned dealership group and chairman-elect of the American International Automobile Dealers Association. In 2010, her mother, Norma Ross, then CEO of Bob Ross Auto Group near Dayton, died of breast cancer.
Photo credit: JERRY TAYLOR
Day of protest
UAW organizers rallied on NFL draft day in New York to highlight allegations that carcinogenic chemicals were spilled at an idled Detroit-area supplier plant owned by Flex-N-Gate. The supplier's owner, Shahid Khan, also owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. At the lectern are, from left, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, former plant worker Saad Bolos and the Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, a Detroit-area pastor.
Fiat's Google gotcha: A 500 shows up at VW's front door
Score one for Fiat in the sometimes whimsical, sometimes not rivalry between the Italian automaker and Volkswagen. A Google Earth shot of VW's Swedish headquarters in suburban Stockholm showed a Fiat 500 parked out front. Was it happenstance or a prank?
Photo credit: MARK VAUGHN
Thousand-rev salute to Carroll Shelby
On May 30, the engines of several thousand Shelby Mustangs, Cobras, GT40s and even a few Series 1s cranked to life around the world and roared in tribute to racing great and design superstar Carroll Shelby, who had died May 10 at 89. Here, Shelby-inspired vehicles gun their engines on the roof of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.