When times are tough, GM gets conservative. When the automaker ran into trouble in the early '90s, it introduced a Chevy Lumina that was so tired that it looked like it had been designed a decade earlier. Ditto for the Silverado and Sierra. After they were unveiled recently, Car and Driver reported, "The latest iteration of Chevrolet's big-selling Silverado is here, and -- surprise! -- it looks pretty much like the last one." That may satisfy Chevy die-hards who said don't change it, but it won't do much to recover lost market share.
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.