New Year's resolutions we may or may not hear for 2016:
Martin Winterkorn, former Volkswagen AG CEO: I will not cheat on engine technology (if I ever get back into the auto industry).
Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler CEO: Buy General Motors. (I don't have enough money? Scratch that.) Have General Motors buy me. (GM doesn't want to? Anybody?)
Mary Barra, GM CEO: Write a post-career book on how to spurn the business advances of Italian suitors.
Steve Cannon, outgoing Mercedes-Benz USA CEO, incoming boss of NFL's Atlanta Falcons: Review plans for the Falcons' Mercedes-Benz Stadium and change the specs, especially restroom tile colors.
Mark Rosekind, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator: Keep pushing automakers on safety and fuel economy compliance.
Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO: Write about my big, bold ideas using more than 140 characters.
Chip Perry, TrueCar CEO: Find a business model that doesn't make my subscribers hate me.
Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac boss: Learn to love that big old Escalade just as long as it sells.
Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve chair: Give credit where credit is due (but at a higher rate).
Julie Hamp, former Toyota executive: Stay home.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO: After Project Titan, skip Nissan nameplates as code-names. No Rogue, Sentra or Leaf.
Ford Motor: Put important, life-saving safety equipment on all trim levels before it's independently tested, instead of doing so only after getting caught.
Shigehisa Takada, Takata Corp. CEO: Get out of airbag inflators and restructure the company around a product portfolio our customers still trust.
Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director: Recognize I work in a political town and analyze the long-term implications of policies that tick off senators and representatives of both parties.
J. D. Power and Associates, the McGraw Hill Financial subsidiary being shopped: Find a satisfying buyer.
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, Fuji Heavy Industries CEO: Balance Subaru's global sales footprint so that 60 percent of our volume isn't in North America.
Masamichi Kogai, Mazda Motor CEO: Ensure Mazda's independence, despite our budding ties with Toyota.
Masamichi Kogai, Mazda Motor Corp. CEO (bonus resolution): Make two long-delayed powertrain moves: Introduce our clean diesel technology in the U.S. and revive our trademark rotary engine.
Canada: Keep plucking pennies out of the loonie until its value drops so far that no automaker can afford not to build vehicles there.
Mexico: Keep ignoring public security concerns. Hey, what could happen? Fiat dealers: Offer free college keggers on weekends, just to get people in the door.
Donald Trump, presidential candidate: Actually read the North American Free Trade Agreement. I hear it's huge.
National Automobile Dealers Association: Negotiate 90-day room rate discounts for dealers who want to attend the annual January NADA convention and stay for the actual one opening in March.