Ok...to give credit to the Asians, I believe the world is witnessing their rapid rise...in general...in innovation, creativity, cars (of course)....I don't think the Asian cars are superior to the European cars per say but I believe they have greatly improved...now I'm mostly talking about Japanese and Koreans....Not quite sure about the Chinese.... But West has been ahead for quite some time...in the past 200-400 years...in innovation and creativity at the least. But admittedly, there WAS a time when Europeans, even Germans, were considered making "inferior" and "low quality" products and cheap copy-cat innovations at one time...although it was hundreds of years ago. Although the Asians were far ahead and more innovative and dominant thousand years ago, Westerners have been ahead in the past 400 years or so. Although I am impressed with the '12 Hyundai Elantra...i mean 2012 NA car of the year ;D Any thoughts? Opinions? This isn't just about Cars but a general historical question.