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A look back at 59 years of top stories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Every year since 1953, reporters and editors at Automotive News have chosen the year's top auto story. Here are their picks.

Where are they now?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
The Detroit 3, facing a rising wave of red ink in the middle of the last decade, shed hourly workers and managers as they restructured. Today the Detroit 3 are profitable again. But the head count at GM, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler is well below former peak levels.

BEST PRACTICES

Building buzz via vino

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Will Churchill was given a perplexed look when he visited the Texas state liquor board to request a license for his dealership. "Uh, why does Frank Kent Cadillac need a liquor license?" the worker asked.

Ghosn presses Japan's new prime minister to weaken yen, mend China ties

10:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Don't count Nissan President Carlos Ghosn among those impressed with new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ability to weaken the yen against all major global currencies. Ghosn's dissatisfaction with the exchange rate, echoed by Toyota Motor Corp.

Design educator Imre Molnar dies at 61

12:48 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Imre Molnar, the longtime academic chief at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, died Dec. 28 of a heart attack while bicycle riding in California. He was 61.

Remembering...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Here's a look back at some notable executives and innovators who died this year.

Luxury race: Who can pamper buyers the most?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Luxury vehicle buyers want service -- not just repairs done right, but the kind of pampering they get at high-end hotels, restaurants and boutiques. It's all about the extras.

VW, Nissan, others look to tap growing demand for budget cars

Dec. 31, 2012 06:01 CET
VW's desire to launch a low-cost brand and Nissan's plan to sell Datsuns for as little as 2,300 euros underline the rising interest from automakers to tap demand for budget cars in fast-growing markets to offset falling sales in mature, stagnant markets such as Europe.

Sidestep Google? Vexed dealers try

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Eley Duke III, vice president of Duke Automotive, could watch worry-free this year when Google deleted thousands of customer reviews from dozens of dealerships nationally. He had almost no exposure to the purge because nearly all of the Virginia retailer's reviews were on DealerRater.com.

2012 LISTS OF 10

Blunders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
A look at some of the notable gaffes from the past year.

2012 LISTS OF 1O

Marketing moments

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Milestones in automotive marketing for the past year.

2012 LISTS OF 10: TOP STORY

North American market sizzles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
The sizzling North American light-vehicle market was the year's biggest story, according to the 60th annual Automotive News staff poll. Here are our choices for the top 10 stories of 2012.

2012 LISTS OF 10

Quotables from notables

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Some of the memorable comments from the past year.

Toyota's still not off the hook

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Toyota Motor Corp. eliminated a substantial part of the legal hangover from its unintended-acceleration recalls by reaching a settlement worth as much as $1.4 billion to pay for presumed loss of value in some used models.

Some Volt dealers balk at tool tab

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Some Chevrolet dealers have stopped carrying the Volt after deciding that their sales didn't justify an additional $5,100 for tools to service the plug-in hybrid.

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12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
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2012 LISTS OF 10

People to watch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Here are 10 people to keep your eye on in 2013.

2012 LISTS OF 10

2012 by the numbers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Interesting facts from the past year.

CAFE plan unlikely to change despite EPA chief's departure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's departure is unlikely to affect the strict fuel economy deal she helped broker, says a spokeswoman for auto manufacturers.

Kia Motors promotes chief designer Schreyer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Kia Motors Corp. has promoted chief designer Peter Schreyer to the role of president, the first foreigner to attain the position at the company, as the South Korean automaker seeks to elevate its global profile.

2012 LISTS OF 10

10 fine designs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Great design is in the details. Here we note 10 fabulous fine points found on production vehicles that were unveiled or went on sale in 2012.

2012 LISTS OF 10

We said hello to...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
New arrivals on the automotive landscape this past year.

KEITH CRAIN

Time to wrap up another year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
If you were at a mall last week, you saw that there were lots of customers still shopping, even in the days after Christmas.

EDITORIAL

And for 2013, I do solemnly resolve ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Resolutions we may -- or may not -- hear for 2013.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Most car buyers like to haggle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Regarding "Stores try no-dicker sales" ("AutoNews Now," Automotive News TV, Dec. 17): No-dicker is an attempt to get a customer to take what is offered by the dealer, no negotiations, no haggle. The bad thing about such a program is that most buyers like to haggle.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lenders want loyal dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
Regarding "Dealers, lenders: A working relationship" and "What dealers want from lenders" (Dec. 10): Any dealer that has nine to 10 lenders just does not get it.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Thanks to Kia for a fine gesture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
I would like to give a word of thanks to Kia. With the bad news concerning the mileage differences, Kia acted proactively with cash returns to our customers.

2012 LISTS OF 10

10 executives who changed the industry -- for better or worse

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2012
From Barra to Winterkorn, a look at 10 people who made an impact on the industry in 2012.

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