Oh, the good life.
U.S. light-vehicle sales climbed for the sixth straight year in 2015, a run of success unmatched in the American car business since that giddy stretch from 1921-26. We all remember those days, right?
Once again we're living high on the hog.
Stiiiiill, the automotive landscape was blighted this year by another "you-gotta-be-kidding-me" scandal. So even though sales will exceed 17 million in 2015 -- and may set a record -- Automotive News staffers couldn't get beyond Volkswagen's diesel test-rigging humiliation when voting on the most important stories of the year.
In an eventful year, the VW screw-up was a clear No. 1.
But there were lots of other headline-grabbing stories in 2015: Sergio Marchionne tried to prod General Motors into merger talks with Fiat Chrysler; Mark Rosekind arrived as a hard-nosed enforcer at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the industry is waking up to the reality of autonomous vehicles.
Here's our list of the 10 biggest stories of the year.