Covering the automotive industry is a job that we take very seriously, but that doesnt prevent us from have a little fun.
In every edition of Automotive News Europe we rely on our cartoonist Roger Bowles to provide his own special interpretation of the events making news in the industry.
Below are the six cartoons from the year just ended that we think were exceptionally good.
Rog had a lot of material to work with in 2008. Porsches continued bid to gain full control over Volkswagen group has led to many questions on who is really in charge of Europes largest automaker.
VW was in Rogs sights again last summer after it announced it would open a new US plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The ability of Maria-Elisabeth Schaefflers company, the Schaeffler Group, to grab a big stake in Continental was one of the biggest stories of 2008.
Rog also provided his own interpretation of the continuing credit crunch, which last year forced auto companies to halt production and seek cash from the EU and led to speculation on the future of General Motors.