There's always a lot going on in the car industry. Of course, every December you could say that next year will be interesting, and you would be right.
All you need is the global economy to have enough to worry about.
The U.S. health care law will affect automobile retailers big and small. It is hard to predict exactly what will happen except that it will wreak havoc on any medical insurance that we have now.
The Middle East and oil are going to play a huge part in the car business in the next 12 months. Add or subtract Iran from any equation, and you'll find that the price of gasoline at the pump could fluctuate greatly.
That will affect the consumer's idea of what vehicle to buy.
Next year, we are going to see some changes in domestic, European and Asian executives. What difference the changes will make in those companies remains to be seen. But change always causes some turmoil regardless of how good succession planning has been.
There is no better way to kick off the New Year than the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which on its 25th anniversary should have some extra surprises.
It looks like 2014 is going to be a very good year -- with a few caveats.
It's a pure guess whether this barnburning economy can continue for another year. And while auto sales to retail customers are charging ahead, we're already seeing too many incentives out there. That means everyone is trying a little too hard to sell too many vehicles.
If we think we learned our lesson, we are wrong. We can't resist the potential for just one more sale even if it costs us dearly.
Anyone who remembers the past decade or so in the U.S. auto industry has to worry about that trend continuing next year.
But manufacturers are constantly introducing new models, and customers are responding. Their pocketbooks are wide open.
The cost of money is still near an all-time low. And that has to keep dealers' costs down as well as making financing for customers affordable.
With one month to go, we are winding up one of the best years ever. We should all hold our breath.