4. Jeep sales climbs higher.
After seeing Jeep sales surge more than 40 percent in 2011, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is pushing for more next year. There's another shift coming on line at the Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, and the brand is just starting to finally start running. Higher gasoline prices will be a slight drag, but not enough to stop Jeep.
5. Tesla's time has come.
The upscale electric car company has a huge year coming up with the Model S rolling out mid-year. Could Tesla stumble? Sure. But the more you listen to what the company is saying about Model S orders and the upbeat reports from even the most skeptical analysts on Wall Street, you get a sense Tesla's time to turn heads will be here by the end of next year.