Senior Editor John K. Teahen Jr. has written commentary on the auto industry for the past 50 years.
Early next year, he'll claim a place among the industry's luminaries.
On Feb. 12, Teahen will be one of seven industry figures to receive the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame, in Dearborn, Mich., awards citations to six people each year who have significantly improved the industry or their own organizations.
The 300-plus recipients of this award since 1940 are an imposing bunch. They include racing great Andy Granatelli, former Ford CEO Red Poling, GM designer Bill Mitchell, inventor Charles "Boss" Kettering and Ransom Olds, creator of Oldsmobile.
Teahen, 80, joined Automotive News in 1955.
Over the years, Teahen has become the publication's acknowledged expert on vehicle pricing and sales trends.
He continues to crunch the data, and his folksy analyses of monthly sales are among Automotive News' most-read features.
The Hall of Fame will hold a ceremony for the recipients at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Fla., during the annual convention of the National Automobile Dealers Association.