Long known for top-notch engineering and trend-setting styling, European nameplates are slipping in J.D. Power and Associates' annual Initial Quality Study (IQS). Since J.D. Power began ranking individual nameplates in 2003, the Europeans have fallen from first to last in the number of marques ranking better than the IQS industry average. And as the European nameplates drop out of the rankings, domestic (U.S.) brands largely are replacing them. In J.D. Power's 2003 IQS, there were six ...

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