It would be difficult to exaggerate the impact of Bertha Benz, Roy Lunn, Alan Mulally and Ralph Nader -- the four newest members of the Automotive Hall of Fame -- on the global auto industry.
Every Hall of Fame class is studded with difference makers, but the 2016 honorees had a special range of influence.
Who knows how the industry would have evolved had Mrs. Karl Benz not taken the world's first car trip in 1888.
Roy Lunn's engineering achievements range from the original Ford GT40 race car in the 1960s to the first Jeep XJ Cherokee in the 1980s, a vehicle that more or less kicked off the SUV/crossover craze
Alan Mulally was nothing short of a miracle worker at Ford.
Ralph Nader, a confirmed non-car guy, may have changed the car business more than the rest combined.
The four inductees will be honored at the Hall's 2016 induction and awards ceremony on July 21 at Cobo Center in Detroit.