Ratan Tata is one of the most celebrated automotive honcho not only in India, but across the globe. The 77-year old founder and now Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons has been recently inducted into the prestigious Automotive Hall of Fame. He was bestowed with the honor at an award ceremony that took place in Detroit on 23rd July, 2015.
Ratan Tata was awarded for his contribution to the Indian automotive industry, as well as for the turnaround of Jaguar-Land Rover. Tata Motors is among a handful of car manufacturers in India who made much impact globally. Tata Nano was one such product which helped Ratan Tata gather limelight in the international arena.
Also, Tata's effort to revive the iconic British brand, Jaguar - Land Rover gained a lot of appreciation. Michael Martini, Chairman, Automotive Hall of Fame praised Ratan Tata for saving 33000 jobs in England, "while preserving the rich tradition of performance and style that are the signature of these marques. Clearly his vision is the reality."
Ratan Tata joined the list of 250 selected personalities who have had a “positive influence in the automotive industry” and “made a significant impact on the automotive industry”. This esteemed list includes names like Carl Benz, Ettore Buggati, Henry Ford, Ferdinand Piëch, Sergio Pininfarina and Ferdinand Porsche among others.
Former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo, Elwood Haynes, co-founder of Haynes-Apperson Automobile Co and Roger Penske, Founder and chairman of Penske Corporation who owns the American professional racing team, Team Penske Racing, were also inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.