This page is
dedicated to Mr Yutaka Katayama and
the special affection and respect our membership has for him.
October 13, 1998: Mr. Yutaka Katayama, better known as "Mr.
K"; was inducted into the Automobile Hall of Fame
museum in Dearborn, Michigan. "Mr. K" was one of six
distinguished inductees to be honored for their contributions in
our automobile past. All inductees could be considered as
pieces of the puzzle that put us where we are today with
regards to the automobile.
The other inductees included: The Opel Brothers, Wilhelm,
Friedrich, Ludwig, Carl and Heinrich, famous for the production
of the vehicle bearing their name. Andre Citroen, creator
of the Citroen car. Charles M. Pigott, former Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of PACCAR, Inc. for decades. Fred
M. Zeder, known for his part in the creation of Chrysler
Corporation. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, producer of
automotive components and inventor of the dirigible airship.
As many of you know, "Mr. K is the father of the Z Car
and was honored for his innovating design of the early Z Car
that reset the standards for the time. He helped Nissan to
become the best selling import brand in 1975 with combined U.S.
car and truck sales of 335,415 units. He also positioned Nissan
to become the 1st automaker to sell Americans on compact pickup
trucks and "King Cabs". Though retired from Nissan since 1977,
Mr. K still has a penchant for styling. He has played a
major role in reworking the Nissan Z concept car that was
unveiled at the North American Auto Show in January 1999.
Z.O.N.C. congratulates Mr Katayama for his induction into the
Automobile Hall of Fame and the joy of knowing he is still a
force in our automotive future!