If ever there was a time when everyone wants to know what lies around the corner for the automotive industry, now is that time. This now annual outlook to the year ahead is just-auto's take on the big issues facing the industry, across the world. Whilst we can't claim to have the answers to all the questions right now, we hope this latest briefing written by Dave Leggett will provide some insight as to what may lie ahead. The briefing takes each major region in turn and provides corporate summaries for the major VMs.