There are no sinecures in the auto business. Executives are subject to the whims of customer preference, the uncertainty of the marketplace, and vagaries of macroeconomic forces. In 2012, recession in Europe, a cooling in China, and the rejection of electric vehicles changed the course of careers and companies. Here's a look at some of the likely hot spots in 2013 -- and the executives who will feel the heat.
A look at what's in store for the world's automakers this year will tell a lot about what to expect for cars down the road.