Behind their desks or behind the wheel, industry luminaries made news in 2011 -- sometimes just by putting on a tie.
Names in the news
When General Motors Chairman Dan Akerson drove this 1960 Chevrolet Corvette in Detroit's annual Dream Cruise last summer, Vice Chairman Steve Girsky, who has become a close lieutenant of the boss, rode shotgun.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk got a warm reception when he unveiled the Model S electric vehicle to about 3,000 fans at the former NUMMI factory in Fremont, Calif., where the car will be produced.
At the opening of the NADA exposition in San Francisco, NADA Chairman Stephen Wade; Mark Reuss, General Motors' president of North America; Ed Tonkin, outgoing NADA chairman; and NADA President Phil Brady share a laugh.
Is that Sergio Marchionne ... wearing a necktie? In February, the Chrysler/Fiat CEO chucked his trademark sweater in favor of more formal attire in an appearance before an Italian parliamentary committee. Marchionne was there to address concerns that he might move Fiat headquarters to the United States. Veteran Marchionne watchers could not recall seeing him in a necktie since November 2007.
Keith Crain, left, editor-in-chief of Automotive News, is shown with car designer Carroll Shelby at the Washington, D.C., auto show in January. Shelby received the 2011 Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement award at the show.
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