9. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Going where few other automakers have gone before, Sergio Marchionne has taken the very successful Jeep Grand Cherokee and given it a mid-cycle facelift in three years instead of the usual four, and well before the market demanded changes -- 2012 sales were stronger than 2011's. More than its face is getting lifted. The Jeep gets its own eight-speed transmission and a diesel engine option. It is a dangerous strategy, though. Accelerating the design changes means amortizing the costs over a shorter time period and hiking the overhead on each individual unit.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 18 2013 09:50 AM ET
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