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African Americans On Wheels Presents Second Annual Golden Wheel Awards

4 January 1998

African Americans On Wheels Presents Second Annual Golden Wheel Awards

    DETROIT, Jan. 4 -- African Americans On Wheels magazine has
named its Second Annual Golden Wheel Awards recipients.  The winners will
receive their honors at an invitation-only reception on Thursday,
January 8, 1998 at the Museum of African American History in Detroit.  This
special event precedes the public opening of the North American International
Auto Show at Detroit's Cobo Center.

    The winners are:
    -- Executive of the Year for excellence in leadership:  George J. Frame,
       Vice President, Finance & Administration, Jaguar Cars North America.
    -- Vehicle of the Year for exceptional value, utility, and performance for
       urban motorists: Volkswagen Passat.
    -- Minority Supplier of the Year for quality achievement in the auto
       industry by a minority-owned company: T&WA, Inc., a tier-one supplier
       to Toyota Motor Sales and Mercedes-Benz North America.
    -- Special Lifetime Achievement Award: William C. Brooks, retired General
       Motors Corporation Vice President, for his pioneering career
       accomplishments in the auto industry.
    -- Company of the Year for achievement in diversity, employment,
       marketing, community service, supplier and dealer relations.  To be
       announced at the program.

    The Golden Wheel Awards honors professionals and companies that pave the
way for African Americans to achieve success in the automotive industry.  The
awards also emphasize the strong presence and buying power of African-American
consumers.
    Award winners were selected by a panel of automotive journalists
including:  Earle Eldridge, USA TODAY; Kathy Jackson and Frank Washington,
Automotive News; Warren Brown, The Washington Post; Rosville Embry, Dallas
automotive freelance writer; Winfred Cross, Charlotte Post, and Blair Walker,
formerly of USA TODAY and Autoweek.
    Corporate Sponsors include: AC Delco, Chrysler Corporation, Detroit
Newspapers, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor
America, Jaguar Cars North America, Mercedes-Benz of North America, Michelin
North America, Michigan Chronicle, Mitsubishi Motor Sales, Plante & Moran,
Pontiac-GMC, and Toyota Motor Sales.
    African Americans On Wheels magazine is a 40-page, quarterly supplement to
33 black newspapers and zoned editions of three daily publications: The
Detroit News and Detroit Free Press and The Washington Post.

SOURCE  African Americans On Wheels