As a result, 2012 is shaping up as a benchmark year for these once-unstoppable companies. Will they be able to regain the momentum that once helped push two of the Detroit Three into bankruptcy? Or will they continue their slide as they fight each other -- and try to cope with forces that are out of their control?
Here are 10 Japanese cars that will help separate the winners from the losers:
The competition was fierce in the race to be last. Surprise - the car at the bottom of the heap wasn't from Detroit.
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