China is slowing. Europe's economy is in a free fall. And the North American auto industry, though greatly outpacing the U.S. economy, could trip off the fiscal cliff.
Through all the challenges around the globe, a few leaders have thrived. Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, our Industry Leader and European CEO of the Year, has set the pace. VW's global share has grown, its operating profits are at near record levels and Americans are snatching up Passats that are made in Tennessee.
Here are our annual Automotive News All-Stars, leaders who led the industry during challenging times.