It was "Deutschland uber (almost) Alles" at this year's Test Fest.
Of the nine car categories and three utility vehicle categories, German brands won seven, the Japanese won four, and domestic brands only one.
It was a particularly tough session for General Motors. They really are building some of the best cars they have ever built, cars that do (or should) stack up against the best the world has to offer. Which is why they're running this "May the Best Car Win" ad campaign, and offering to buy your car back if you don't like it.
I had figured going in that at least two of GM's entries would fare well.
Not well enough.
The Buick LaCrosse scored third in Family Car Over $30,000, behind Ford Taurus and Ford Fusion Hybrid. I voted in that category and had LaCrosse ahead of both Fords, but not enough of my colleagues agreed. It scored well in styling inside and out, and in quality. It was easily the quickest of the lot, ride and handling were about dead even, but the Buick took a metre and a half more to stop from 100 km/h, and that counted fairly heavily against it.
While the LaCrosse certainly felt roomy to me, with the most comfortable back seat, appearances obviously can be deceiving because the measurements don't appear to bear that out. Odd, given that Buick deliberately designed the car to appeal to Chinese customers, many of whom like to be driven by chauffeurs, and trunk space was even sacrificed for more rear seat room.
So I don't know how they got that wrong.
The Chevrolet Equinox finished second to the Subaru Outback in SUV/SUV Under $35,000, although GM must take some heart knowing it outpointed the Toyota Venza. Again. the Chevy had the quickest 0 - 100 km/h sprint time, but was also the best braker, albeit by a small margin. The very impressive Subaru also scored major 'emissions' points by virtue of earning a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) rating.
So for GM, it was a case of better luck next year.