Pioneers who put the Continent on wheels are honored in Geneva
Benz, Bosch, Porsche, Daimler, Renault, Diesel, Citroen, Bugatti, Ferrari - these great names of the European auto industry have been enshrined along with four other charter members of the European Automotive Hall of Fame.
The 13 honorees were inducted Feb. 28 during the Geneva auto show. The two living members of the hall, Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli and designer Giorgetto Guigiaro, accepted replicas of their plaques. Descendants of most of the inductees were on hand.
Plaques will be on display at the Palexpo Center in Geneva.
Induction ceremonies, sponsored by Automotive News Europe, will take place each year during the Geneva show.
Gianni Agnelli, head of the family that owns the Fiat Group, is one of two living inductees.
Annick Renault-Fabry is the eldest granddaughter of Louis Renault, who with his two brothers founded the automaker Renault.
Designer Giorgetto Guigiaro shows off the plaque that bears his name. His italdesign showed the Twenty-Twenty concept car at the Geneva auto show. It is a much-praised interpretation of the Aston Martin.
Former Volkswagen AG chairman and hall of fame judge Carl Hahn, left, with Herman Scholl, CEO of Robert Bosch GmbH. Robert Bosch was an inductee.
Terese Bugatti de Mateos is the daughter of Ettore Bugatti. She said her daughter would begin working for the Bugatti company.
Volkswagen AG executive Bernd Pischetsrieder thanked BMW for bringing out the Mini and honoring his great uncle, Alec Issigonis, who created the classic.