Akio Toyoda is Autocar’s Automotive Hero 2012

Toyota’s president and chief executive Akio Toyoda has been named man of the year by Autocar magazine’s Editor in Chief, Steve Cropley. He was declared Autocar’s Automotive Hero 2012 at the top of a list of ten important motor industry figures.

Akio Toyoda - Autocar's Automotive Hero 2012

Mr Toyoda has been credited with bringing a fresh wave of optimism to Toyota by giving heavy backing to the development of the GT86 sports car and guiding the company through high-profile recall campaigns.

Commenting on Autocar’s Automotive Hero 2012 award, Mr Cropley said; “Toyota started the year in a difficult position, yet Akio Toyoda has brought redemption to the company after a succession of damaging safety scares,

“He then launched an extremely aspirational and impressive ‘halo’ car, the Toyota GT86,

“Akio Toyoda, Autocar’s man of the year, is definitely the right man for the job.” He concluded.

Here’s the full list of Autocar’s Men of the Year 2012:

  1. Akio Toyoda                     Toyota president and chief executive
  2. Gerry McGovern              Land Rover design chief
  3. Alan Mulally                    Ford president and chief executive
  4. Adrian Newey                  F1 – Red Bull
  5. Alex Zanardi                    Paralympian – 2 golds and 2 silvers in 2012
  6. Lord Charles March       Goodwood
  7. Ratan Tata                       Chairman Tata group
  8. Andy Green                      World’s fastest man
  9. Dr Martin Winterkorn      Chairman of the board of management, Volkswagen AG
  10. Charles Morgan              Morgan chairman

Find out more at Autocar.co.uk

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