I turned in my BMW on lease this week (bye 335 coupe, you will be missed).
Anyway I was talking to the salesman that sold me it and he asked me what I ended up getting. I told him I got a new GC and he told me I was the second person this week to turn in a BMW for a GC. He also said he has noticed they are starting to loose some business but not to Audi, MB, Lexus, etc... He said the majority of the people who are moving away from BMW seem to be going to the American car companies. Just thought that was interesting.
The same experience has come my way too, and personally -
I just turned in my 2009 Acura lease, selling my older Chevy Tahoe, and ordered a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited myself. Got a few buddies who drive Lexus and BMWs who are also taking notice. When I was at the Acura dealership getting my last Acura service, and visited two different Acura dealers the same week in fact, and noticed both were VERY DEAD. Ended up at three different Jeep/Dodge dealerships the same day, and a few times before that, and saw first hand quite a bit of activity with the new Jeeps and a few Dodge cars & trucks. Straight up, I'm no big Dodge or Jeep fan yet from direct experience (like RAM trucks), and certainly took enough notice to walk the talk and buy American since they seemed to prove some R&D homework on the new JGC. Have been a Honda, Toyota fan for decades but more recently liking the function and reliability of my older Chevy Tahoe and future JGC next.
The JGC is nice looking now, has some attention to detail, great interior styling, 506w stereo, great handling, nice 20" wheels, made it all very easy for me to let go of the Acura for this one. I told the people at Acura this too, their V6 MDX cannot even come close to touching the overall package and price of new Grand Cherokees versions with the MDS V8. Nice job Chrysler/Jeep - the R&D investment paid off!