In a year of turmoil and profound change, one news story stood out: the Chapter 11 filings of General Motors and Chrysler. The federal government whisked the crippled automakers through U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Now they, along with thousands of employees, suppliers and dealerships, are rebuilding their operations.
The Chapter 11 filings were chosen as the top news story of 2009 in the 57th annual Automotive News staff poll. Here's a recap of the staff's choices of the year's top 10 stories.