• Dec 31, 2008
Autoblog has had a spectacular 2008 and we hope the past 365 days has been as equally rewarding for you. The auto industry itself, however, has suffered through a miserable '08 and will probably be toasting its conclusion when the ball drops at midnight. While the year began mild enough, summer brought $4/gallon gasoline that highlighted the relatively weak small car and hybrid lineup that our own domestic automakers are working feverishly to fix. And then the long-festering mortgage crisis turned into an all-out credit crisis and a tanking financial industry threatened to take out General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. All three have survived thanks to some 11th hour aid from the federal government, but we're sure each is hoping that 2009 doesn't hurt as much as 2008.

We'll be kicking off 2009 the right way then with a surprise at 12:01 AM EST. Come back to Autoblog.com at Midnight and we think you'll find something that's uplifting and serves as a good reminder that we still have a lot to look forward to in this industry.

Happy New Year!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      366 days... 2008 was a leap year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and a leap second. Gotta wait that one extra second.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Past 365 days"?

      Are you not counting today (Dec 31), or was February 29 forgotten.
      • 6 Years Ago
      YES!!!! WE ALL GET VENZAS!!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL @ both comments
        • 6 Years Ago
        Venzas..... Venzas? cereal? A Venza? Of all the cars out there..... goodbye.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This isn't Oprah!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, was this an April Fools joke early?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ughhh now 2009 will come slower because I'll be waiting for the surprise...
        • 6 Years Ago
        2009 is already here...

        I'm in Australia
      • 6 Years Ago
      The surprise is that 2008 was a hoax and we will starting it all over again with 20/20 hindsight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i woke up this morning looking for the suprise and was dissapointed to say the least
      • 6 Years Ago
      The surprise is that 2008 was a hoax and we will be starting 2008 all over again with 20/20 hindsight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the surprise is that all autoblog members will get a "bailout" package :)

      check your email for details...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Great idea! Thanks Autoblog!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dang it... I'll have to wait until tomorrow. I'll be out partying, and well on my way to being drunk by midnight. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      An uplifting story? Is this gonna be a top 10 list that doesn't suck?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems to suggest that Ford received government assistance ... I think that only applies to GM and Chrysler
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