10. Everybody else is in second place
10. Everybody else is in second place
Really, who can go up against this quartet of winners? Lexus may deliver higher quality and better service, but its tentative presentation and lack of heritage consign it to second-tier status. Cadillac has labored mightily to raise its game to international standards -- and nearly gets there with its high-performance V-series -- but will need to execute at this level for another couple of decades before being taken seriously. And for all its panache, Ferrari is a boutique competitor to Porsche, which sells more than 20 times more cars.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated June 20 2012: 9:01 AM ET
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