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The 2015 Power List

Motor Trend Logo Motor Trend | Slide 1 of 51: Certainly, the top person at any company is vitally important. They run the business part of the auto industry, after all, and we've seen what happens when an automaker loses focus or makes poor decisions.

2015 Power List

The most influential people in the automotive industry are not only the CEOs.

Certainly, the top person at any company is vitally important. They run the business part of the auto industry, after all, and we've seen what happens when an automaker loses focus or makes poor decisions.

However, the motors that drive the industry are the designers and engineers, the folks who create tomorrow's cars and shape the future of the automotive landscape.

No 12-year-old boy tapes a picture of Sergio Marchionne or Martin Winterkorn to his bedroom wall. That boy ogles 911s and Corvettes and Hellcats, all of which are at the top of their game in 2015. It's the cars that matter to him. It's the cars that matter to us.

There are, of course, agitators and provocateurs in the auto industry, those who go against conventional wisdom and chart a new course that others eventually follow. They are important, too, as their ideas and actions challenge the industry to rethink its conception of design or powertrains or what customers want as opposed to what they need.

Then there are the outsiders, people not from the auto industry but whose views and actions directly impact it, making their influence equally important, whether they are regulating emissions or inspiring people and furthering car culture.

Everyone plays a role, and the 50 most influential earn a spot on our 2015 Power List.

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