Amid Detroit's woes, Gilles has produced bestsellers, most notably the Chrysler 300C (a.k.a. the baby Bentley).
Now comes an elevation to the business ranks: Last month he was named CEO of Chrysler's Dodge car brand.
Wheels: The racecar motor-sports enthusiast drives a custom Dodge Viper ACR that pumps out 600 horsepower on the track.
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