Light-vehicle sales in the United States continued to climb in 2013, but the year's most stunning news was the executive reshuffling at the top of General Motors.
The glass ceiling was blown to smithereens when GM this month named Mary Barra, now 52, to succeed Dan Akerson as CEO. It was the top story of the year, according to the 61st annual Automotive News staff poll. The sales surge was No. 2 in the voting.
The GM story was about more than Barra. The company also got a new chairman, president, head of North American operations and product development chief.
Elon Musk was a big newsmaker, too. The co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors laid claim to two spots in our staff's picks for the top 10 stories of 2013 by successfully launching the Model S and taking aim at the dealer franchise system in the United States.
Here's our list of the biggest stories of the year.