The American market is an important one and these ten foreign cars had the biggest slices of apple pie.
10.) Toyota Celica
A nicely done Mustang Fastback copy-paste job that gets much better gas milage. What's not to like?
9.) Ferrari California
It's not just the name. The California was built for people who want to have a Ferrari without any of the drama. This is the car Sonny Crockett would drive after he got old and fat.
8.) Lexus RX
Everything Lexus makes feels pretty American except for the LFA, but the RX takes the cake easily. AlleVier:
It's gobbled up by the US market and nearly nowhere else. But, throw in our love of SUVs and appearing affluent and you've got to pick the RX—it's the soccer mom's announcement that she's arrived.
7.) Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Running a car like this in Europe costs so much that it was clearly built with America in mind. Ashish Walia:
Typical American big displacement engine - Check (One of the largest NA motors). Typical muscle car formula "big engine in a small car" - Check (Smallest MB fitted with the Largest Motor). Typical transmission that is a few years behind - check - (The 7 speed AMG auto is outdated by several years compared to anything from M division / RS / V). Typical American car depreciation - Check (You can buy a 3 yr old 450 hp C63 for $50k with warranty). Typically american gas guzzler - check (Hello 14 mpg). Good for straight line speed - Check. (Hello 174 mph) lol.
6.) GAZ 13
The Soviets copying American cars was nothing new by the time the Chaika came out, but despite its V8 and tail fins, it was nothing like the original. Which wasn't great in the first place, so you can imagine...
5.) Ford GT
What those Lolas needed was an American V8 built by Carroll Shelby. What Enzo Ferrari needed was peace and quiet.
4.) Toyota Tundra
A Toyota that's designed and built in Texas with its engines coming from Alabama. It can also tow a Space Shuttle.
3.) Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen thinks that Europe's Passat is too small and too expensive for Americans, so what you get is bigger and cheaper but has not much to do with Wolfsburg despite wearing a VW badge.
It's an American car all right.
2.) Toyota Camry
The Avalon is a good suggestion, but the Camry is the real winner here from Toyota's lineup. It builds on its name and the "reliable Japanese" image while offering mediocracy on four wheels.
It wouldn't work anywhere else.
1.) Buick Park Avenue
Get this: It's a Holden sold as a Buick in China. And there's more. FCV_P71:
The Chinese-market Buick Park Avenue. A rebadged Holden, and yet it perfectly matches the RWD, large sedans favored by American consumers for decades. Pair it with a column-mounted gear selector and bench seating [if it doesn't have those already; I'm not quite as familiar with it as I'd like to be] and I'll take six.
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