• Elon Musk in 2004
  • The year he took over at Tesla.
  • Rick Wagoner
  • G. Richard Wagoner, Jr., Chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation, listens to a reporter's question during a press conference after the company's 2004 annual shareholder meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, Wednesday, June 2, 2004. General Motors Corp., the world's largest automaker, is offering rebates of as much as $5,000 on most 2004 models to customers who have bought the company's vehicles before. Photographer: Mike Mergen/Bloomberg News.
  • Dr. Z and DaimlerChrysler
  • DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche speaks during a plant tour Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan. Photographer: John F. Martin
  • 2004 Detroit Auto Show
  • Bill Ford Jr. reveals the newly designed 2005 Ford Mustang.
  • Shelby Cobra concept
  • Bill Ford Jr. and Carroll Shelby show off the concept at the Detroit Auto Show
  • Carlos Ghosn shows off the new Nissan Titan
  • These were happier times.
  • 2004 Ford F-150 Lariat
  • That year, the nicest F-150 sold for less than $34,000.
  • On the green
  • Golfing onto the Dearborn Truck Plant's green roof.
  • Cadillac debuts in China
  • A country where the automaker has had considerable success.
  • 2004 Lexus RX
  • Lexus sold the 2 millionth RX in 2004. It remains the brand's mainstay model.
  • Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice
  • He won in 2004 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Buddy Rice wins the Indy 500
  • Team co-owner David Letterman celebrates with Buddy Rice.
  • Michael Schumacher
  • He wins the Formula One championship again in 2004.
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • A bit roomier for 2004.
  • "Torque"
  • It was no "Fast and Furious."
  • Martian dust devil
  • NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity took this image of a dust devil and the rover's own tracks in 2016. Opportunity landed in 2004 and kept driving for 15 years.
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