Dearborn’s Automotive Hall of Fame Announces Five New Inductees

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The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn will induct five new members at its 2018 Induction and Awards Gala Ceremony at 6 p.m. on July 19 at the MGM Grand Detroit.

The new members include Michael Jackson, chairman, president, and CEO of AutoNation; Ray Magliozzi and Tom Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR’s Car Talk; Frank Stronach, founder of Magna International; and Kiichiro Toyoda (1894-1952), a Japanese entrepreneur whose expansion of his father’s company into automobile manufacturing created Toyota Motor Corp.

“We are pleased to honor these individuals, whose entrepreneurial spirit and automotive passion helped shape today’s global automotive industry,” says Ramzi Hermiz, chairman of the Automotive Hall of Fame and president and CEO of Shiloh Industries. “Each made their unique vision a reality through tenacity, creativity, and foresight – traits that still drive the industry’s evolution today. The Automotive Hall of Fame is proud to recognize these individuals and their achievements.”

Jackson created a more customer-focused, transparent, and contemporary business model for automotive retailing. Under his leadership, AutoNation has been the largest automotive retailer for 19 consecutive years.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, were co-hosts of Car Talk, NPR’s national weekly radio show. The show was NPR’s biggest entertainment hit and was produced from 1977-2012. It continues to be distributed in syndication.

Stronach founded Magna International from Multimatic, a one-man tool shop in Toronto. The company is one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world.

Toyoda expanded his father’s business, Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, into automotive manufacturing in 1933. He was president of Toyota Motor Corp. from 1941-1950.

Tickets for the black-tie induction are available here or by contacting Kerry Doyle at (313) 240-4000 or at kdoyle@thedrivingspirit.org.

The Automotive Hall of Fame has honored nearly 800 men and women from around the world and is located at 21400 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn. It is open for public tours.

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