2016 Induction Ceremony

The Automotive Hall of Fame tells the stories of outstanding automotive achievement. Since its founding in 1939, the Automotive Hall of Fame has honored nearly 800 men and women from around the world.

The 2016 Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony was held this year on Thursday, July 21 at Cobo Center, Grand Riverview Ballroom, One Washington Blvd., Detroit, Michigan USA.

Download Photos From the Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony

Bertha Benz’s Tribute Page

Roy Lunn’s Tribute Page

Alan Mulally’s Tribute Page

Ralph Nader’s Tribute Page


Bertha Benz posthumously (1849-1944), the wife and business partner of automobile inventor, Carl Benz (1844-1929), was the driving force behind the invention of the automobile. She was neither an engineer nor an inventor, but she must be mentioned at the same time as her husband, Carl Benz, the inventor of the automobile. They will become the first husband and wife to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Carl was inducted in 1984. More information about Bertha Benz

Roy Lunn is an engineer with a role in numerous historically important cars. He is the Godfather of the world-class GT40, which swept first, second and third places at Le Mans fifty years ago, ending Enzo Ferrari’s domination of endurance sports car racing.  At American Motors, Lunn developed what would become the lighter and stronger Jeep XJ (Cherokee and Wagoneer), which remained in production for 18 years with total production of nearly 3 million. More information about Roy Lunn

Alan Mulally, credited with one of the greatest turnarounds in American business history, has spent most of his career disrupting the status quo. At Boeing, he led the team that created the first all-digital airplane, the Boeing 777. He then took an epic gamble at Ford by approving the first aluminum-body pick-up truck. Mulally guided the Ford team in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and relentless implementation of the One Ford plan to successfully guide the company through the U.S. financial crisis and restore Ford’s status as one of the world’s leading automakers. More information about Alan Mulally

Ralph Nader is a renowned automotive safety advocate. Fifty years ago, as a young lawyer, he shook the auto world with his book “Unsafe At Any Speed” that would change the auto industry forever. Less than a year later, Congress created the Federal safety agency that became the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NITSA), an agency whose stated mission was to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce collisions. More information about Ralph Nader


Matthew J. Simoncini – Under the leadership of Matthew Simoncini, Lear has become a leader in the revitalization and growth of the city of Detroit.  In 2015, Lear purchased two buildings in the city one of which will house an innovation and design center with a gallery, seat design studio and software design center. Lear and Simoncini are also working with other industry and government leaders to develop a plan to bring manufacturing jobs to Detroit. More information about Matthew Simoncini


Michael Manley – Last year marked the sixth consecutive year of increased Jeep sales, both globally and in the U.S. Manley has overseen Jeep product introductions in North America and Brazil, China and Italy. In 2015, Jeep global vehicle sales increased to a record, with every Jeep model realizing sales increases. More information about Michael Manley




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