The compensation rankings include data for 32 chief executives of publicly traded companies. These firms include General Motors, Ford Motor Co., suppliers and auto retailers.
The calculations include salary, bonus, restricted stock, cashed-in stock options, long-term cash incentives and miscellaneous cash payouts.
The calculations do not include stock options that have been granted but not exercised.
The data are drawn from corporate proxy statements.
The list includes CEOs who held their jobs for all or part of 2002. Included are the CEOs of Ford and GM, plus 24 suppliers and six dealer groups.
Four companies - TRW, Donnelly Corp., Federal-Mogul Corp. and Cummins Engine Co. - were dropped from this year's list because they merged with another firm, went bankrupt or delayed the issuance of a proxy.
This year, Automotive News added five companies to the list: Magna International Inc., Shiloh Industries Inc., Gentex Corp., SPX Corp. and Asbury Automotive Group.
A separate ranking lists eight senior subordinates at Ford and GM. They are not included in the overall compensation comparisons.
DaimlerChrysler executives are not listed. As a German company, it is not required to publish a proxy statement.