2013: The year in cars

Comebacks, comedowns, and a revolution in the corner office: It was a big year of change for the world of autos.

Quality is Job 1

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In June, Chrysler owned up to legacy design issues when it recalled 2.6 million 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Liberty models (2007 above) due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in a rear-end crash. But it was modern-day faults that flummoxed Ford, which recalled the Escape for the seventh time since the popular crossover was redesigned in 2013. One of the seven recalls was to fix problems caused by repairs for a previous recall.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 30 2013 07:31 AM ET
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