Domestic automakers fell further behind their foreign counterparts in luxury car sales last year.
Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln and General Motors Co.'s Buick and Cadillac brands both had down years in 2012 and lost ground to luxury car leaders BMW — the year's overall sales winner — and Mercedes-Benz and Lexus.
"Domestics have the best luxury vehicle selection available for consumers," said Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry trends at TrueCar.com, an online automotive research site.
"It's the best collection of cars they've ever had. But the problem is the perception gap. It's still the No. 1 issue for domestic luxury brands."
Perception, however, was reality, and it wasn't pretty.