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.

Tone deaf

2014 volkswagen passat

Volkswagen, which is often suspected of having a tin ear when it comes to understanding the U.S. market, announced it is replacing the British executive in charge of sales, Jonathan Browning, with a German, Michael Horn. VW's U.S. sales slump in 2013, down 5%, was widely forecast because its two core models, the Passat (above) and Jetta, are aging and the new Golf will be two years old before VW gets around introducing it to the U.S. market.

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