Automotive News’ Keith Crain gets Hall of Fame honors

Crain: Critic and supporter

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Automotive Information
March 10, 2014 – 12:01 am ET

Keith Crain, who in 43 many years at the helm of Automotive Information has grilled hundreds of top executives, broken some of the industry’;s most significant stories and served as 1 of its toughest critics and strongest supporters, has been elected to the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Crain’;s achievements assortment from breaking the news of Lee Iacocca’;s firing by Henry Ford II in 1978 to his pivotal part in making the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 1989.

He continues to occupy a place at the center of the industry. His incisive a single-on-one particular interview with outgoing Standard Motors CEO Dan Akerson at the Automotive Information Planet Congress in January was widely covered and hugely praised.

Crain moved to Detroit to become publisher and editorial director of Automotive Information in 1971, when the then-46-yr-old paper was purchased by Crain Communications Inc. He is now chairman of Crain Communications and editor-in-chief of Automotive News.

At Automotive News he has lived by the creed: “We are the industry’;s biggest supporter and severest critic.”

Crain will join Volkswagen AG Chairman Ferdinand Piech, consumer fulfillment pioneer J.D. Energy III and the late Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg designer Alex Tremulis as 2014 inductees into the Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich. They will be honored at the yearly induction ceremony on July 24.

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