Looking back over the year just gone is always an absorbing experience. 2007 was another eventful one in an industry at the forefront of some of the megatrends of our time. Emerging markets were very much at the centre of things again, especially with sluggish demand prospects in Western Europe and North America not helped by the subprime mortgage crisis and subsequent credit crunch. This briefing provides a review of some of the main news items and some eye-catching oddities that appeared on just-auto in 2007.