And for 2013, I do solemnly resolve ...
Resolutions we may -- or may not -- hear for 2013:
Mark Fields, COO of Ford Motor Co.: I'll resist the urge to walk into Alan Mulally's office and start measuring for drapes.
John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America: I'll ask them back in Korea to double-check those mpg numbers.
Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp.: I'll stop talking about building cars with more emotion and actually build one.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors: I'll put a solar-powered Tesla Model S on Mars -- or at least the moon.
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler-Fiat: I'll send a thank-you note to President Barack Obama, Steven Rattner, Ron Bloom and Timothy Geithner for giving me Chrysler.
Joel Ewanick, interim sales and marketing chief at Fisker Automotive: I'll steer clear of European soccer entanglements.
Takanobu Ito, CEO of Honda Motor Co.: I'll bring double-wishbone suspensions back to the Civic to let people know that Honda is an engineering company again.
Ray LaHood, secretary of transportation: I'll fine Toyota for distracted driving.
Suzuki dealer: This year, I will finally acquire the Smart franchise that I've always wanted. What could go wrong?
Olivier Francois, chief marketing officer of Chrysler Group and head of Fiat brand: I'll offer a $5,000 spiff on Fiats or Chryslers to members of VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech's immediate family. And his neighbors. And anyone who belongs to the same club or parks in the same garage.
Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America: I'll offer a $10,000 spiff on Volkswagens, Audis, Bentleys or Lamborghinis to members of Sergio Marchionne's immediate family. And his neighbors. And anyone who wears a black sweater.
President Barack Obama: I'll sell the government's remaining 300 million shares of GM stock ... but first buy a Chevy Volt for Michelle to tool around in.
Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors: I'll upsell the president and first lady to a 2014 Cadillac ELR.