Elon Musk in 2004

Elon Musk in 2004

  • The year he took over at Tesla.
Rick Wagoner

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

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

2004 Detroit Auto Show

  • Bill Ford Jr. reveals the newly designed 2005 Ford Mustang.
Shelby Cobra concept

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

Carlos Ghosn shows off the new Nissan Titan

  • These were happier times.
2004 Ford F-150 Lariat

2004 Ford F-150 Lariat

  • That year, the nicest F-150 sold for less than $34,000.
On the green

On the green

  • Golfing onto the Dearborn Truck Plant's green roof.
Cadillac debuts in China

Cadillac debuts in China

  • A country where the automaker has had considerable success.
2004 Lexus RX

2004 Lexus RX

  • Lexus sold the 2 millionth RX in 2004. It remains the brand's mainstay model.
Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice

Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice

  • He won in 2004 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Buddy Rice wins the Indy 500

Buddy Rice wins the Indy 500

  • Team co-owner David Letterman celebrates with Buddy Rice.
Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

  • He wins the Formula One championship again in 2004.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

  • A bit roomier for 2004.
"Torque"

"Torque"

  • It was no "Fast and Furious."
Martian dust devil

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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