LONDON - Europe's greatest automotive innovators and empire builders have long needed a permanent place of honor.
Now there is one. With immense pride we announce the European Automotive Hall of Fame, and the names of its 13 charter members.
These immortals of the car business will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Geneva auto show in February 2001.
Commemorative plaques will be on display permanently at the Palexpo, home of the annual Geneva show. Newly elected members will be announced each December and inducted at the following Geneva show.
The Hall of Fame honors technical, managerial and entrepreneurial achievements in the automotive industry.
It is a tribute to dreamers who also were doers - extraordinary individuals who built the biggest and most fascinating business in Europe through a combination of vision, courage, determination and genius.
Charter members of the European Automotive Hall of Fame are: Giovanni Agnelli, Karl Friedrich Benz, Robert Bosch, Ettore Bugatti, Andre Citroen, Gottlieb Daimler, Rudolf Diesel, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Enzo Ferrari, Alec Issigonis, William Lyons, Ferdinand Porsche and Louis Renault.
Brief profiles of these marvelous industry leaders appear on the following pages.
Charter members of the Hall of Fame were chosen by a distinguished committee of industry leaders: Carl Hahn, former chairman of Volkswagen AG; Bernard Hanon, former chairman of Renault; Sergio Pininfarina, chairman of Pininfarina S.p.A.; Walter Hayes, former vice chairman of Ford Motor Co. and chairman of Aston-Martin; Robert Lutz, former vice chairman of Chrysler Corp. and chairman of Ford of Europe; and Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications and publisher of Automotive News and .
The European Automotive Hall of Fame is a place to celebrate and contemplate greatness from giants of the past.
Automotive News Europe takes enormous pride in its involvement in this institution created to bring lasting honor to the legends of the industry.