In a cataclysmic year, the anguish was etched on the faces of the people who ran the businesses and the employees who bore the brunt of the pain.
Congress grilled Chrysler President Jim Press and GM CEO Fritz Henderson in June on why both automakers were cutting hundreds of dealerships.
Flanked by administration officials, President Barack Obama announces Chrysler's bankruptcy filing at the White House in April. From left: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget; Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change; and Jared Bernstein, chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden.
CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed Chrysler's new management team Nov. 4 in Auburn Hills, Mich. They took nearly eight hours to explain their five-year plan for the company.
Outgoing Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe apologized for the company's worst operating loss in 71 years -- a gusher of red ink. Watanabe bowed during a news conference in Tokyo in May.
Thousands of retired auto executives at Chrysler, General Motors and Delphi faced drastically reduced benefits. Delphi retiree Joe Stroup put his house in Indiana up for sale to help pay medical bills after a heart transplant.
A woman in Hamburg, Germany, walks past signs of two of General Motors' troubled brands, Opel and Saab. GM wound up keeping Opel. But Saab, which sought legal protection from creditors in February, is likely to be closed by GM.
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