The auto market in America is indeed huge with last year’s record-breaking sales that reached tens of millions of new vehicles. But among those 8-digit numbers are missing some wonderful four-wheelers that are not sold in the USA.
Manufacturers have various reasons for this: they rely on research data that indicates that a certain model won’t sell well in a particular country, do not want to disrupt sales of their already successful models or cannot comply with safety regulations.
However, very likely there is another explanation, sometimes car makers blatantly ignore potential buyers and impose those models that have higher profit margins. So in this episode we want to show you some of the best cars that Americans can’t buy, while the rest of the world can.
Cars featured in this video:
Honda S660: honda.co.jp/S660
If you think that Type R is the most interesting and hottest automobile manufactured by Honda these days, you probably haven’t seen the baby roadster S660 that is available in Japan only.
Ford Ranger: ford.com/trucks/ranger/2019
The Ranger was discontinued on the North American market back in 2011, however remained a good seller in Europe.
VW Polo Gti: volkswagen.co.uk/new/polo-gti
2018 Polo GTI is an all new supermini-sized hot hatch with a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol. The car weighs 2987 lbs, has 236 lb-ft of torque, and accelerates to 60 in 6.7 seconds.
Lotus Exige Sport 380: lotuscars.com/exige-sport-380
Lotus Exige Sport 380 is road legal supercar designed and built in the UK. Due to exemption on modern dual-stage airbags expiration, Lotus Exige Sport 380 cannot be sold in America.
Alpine A110: media.renault.com/global/en-gb/alpine/mediacentre/pressreleases.aspx
This compact French sports car was brought back to life by the efforts of Renault-Nissan alliance. Its aluminum body is just 13 feet in length and the engineers managed to keep the weight of the car at 2380 pounds.
Renault Megane R.S.: renault.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/megane-rs.html
Megane R.S. is an all-new 5-door hatch produced by the performance division of Renault and the manufacturer’s ambitions are to set the new world record for the fastest mass produced front wheel drive car at Nurburgring.
Seat Leon Cupra R: seat.co.uk/new-cars/leon-cupra/r-limited-edition.html
While the 2017 mid-cycle update and boost in power of Cupra were not enough to match the European specifications of the VW Golf R, the Spanish manufacturer managed to fix this mistake in 2018 by giving 310 horsepower to the limited edition R modification.
Skoda Karoq: www.skoda.co.uk/models/karoq
New Skoda Karoq SUV is universal for family, business, casual, or outdoor driving. The car will be sold in the UK, Europe, and even Australia. As any other Skoda, it will not be available in the USA.
Audi RS4 Avant: www.audi.co.uk/new-cars/a4/rs4-avant.html
2018 Audi RS4 Avant is a roomy wagon with over the top sports car performance that will not be sold in the USA.
Toyota Hilux: www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/hilux/index.json
Originally introduced in 1968, new Toyota Hilux represents the eighth generation of this legendary vehicle. It, however, does not meet emission guidelines and is not sold in the USA.