Also part of the VW Group since 1998, boutique maker Bentley has kept its British roots (the cars are still made in England) while thriving under German leadership. Its Continental line, built with underpinnings similar to the VW Phaeton, has been successful, as has been its progress in China, now its largest market. Bentley is profitable, and sales rose 37% in 2011, largely on the strength of the Continental GT, a two-door whose prices start at $175,000. Buyers who want something a little roomier can opt for a $325,000 Mulsanne.
You'll be hearing about Lincoln's relaunch these days. But what you won't hear about is Ford's thrifty approach.