These are challenging times for the executives who run the luxury brands at General Motors and Ford.
Lincoln has been on wobbly legs for years, and Cadillac is lagging behind the competition, especially the German luxury competition.
Detroit News Business columnist Daniel Howes has been following the Michigan automakers' struggle with the luxury business. He says these companies have largely failed to get luxury buyers to take their products seriously.
"Lincoln has failed for a long time, in a large part because Ford was not willing to spend the money to make Lincoln differentiated enough. A lot of people will tell you today that Cadillac has got the best product, but the problem is the sales are not producing," says Howes.