Jaguar XF
Jaguar XF
The years have not been kind to the XF, the car that launched a new era of Jaguar design. Call it a warning to stylists who stray too far from the familiar. Despite the XF's timely departure from the cues of Jag's heritage designs, sales dropped sharply during its fourth year on the market. In an otherwise strong 2011 for luxury car sales, calculates the XF suffered a 28% falloff. Jaguar's mid-cycle refresh scheduled for July couldn't have come soon enough.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 19 2011: 5:46 AM ET
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