We laughed, we cried, we shook our heads in amazement. This was quite a year: Daimler and Chrysler split; CAFE rules were reworked for the first time in decades; Toyota and General Motors scrambled for global sales leadership; and the fundamental relationship between the Detroit automakers and the UAW was turned on its ear.
Here are the top 10 stories of the year, as voted by the Automotive News staff. We also chose the "Flop of the Year" and the "Coup of the Year."
This year's top flop: the collapse of Ford's Premier Automotive Group. Aston Martin was sold; Jaguar and Land Rover are on the block. Volvo was in limbo. This was the luxury-car group that was supposed to change everything for Ford. PAG's decline and fall is also No. 10 on our list of the year's biggest stories.
The 2007 "Coup of the Year"? The Detroit 3 offloaded billions of dollars in health care to the UAW — which also happens to be our story of the year.