Ten Cars That Totally Subvert Their National Heritage

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Sometimes, it can be surprisingly hard to guess a car’s origin without looking at its badge. Especially if it defies its national heritage like these ten.

USA: Tesla Model S


This car should be Norwegian. Americans still buy way more pickup trucks and SUVs for this truly wonderful luxury sedan to feel at home anywhere outside Silicon Valley. It’s also way too fast for Virginians.

Suggested By: Duck, Photo Credit: Tesla

Sweden: Koenigsegg Agera RS


Sure, the Swedes have always been crazy about turbo power, but not this crazy. Park an Agera next to a Volvo, and try to guess which is faster on snow.

Suggested By: For Sweden, Photo Credit: Koenigsegg

Canada: Conquest Knight XV


Canadians are the friendly cousins of Americans who love everybody and are loved by all in the world, right?

Maybe not.

Conditions are harsh up north.

Suggested By: CrowdSceneExtra, Photo Credit: Conquest Vehicles

Denmark: Zenvo ST1


The Danish used to be known for their delicious pastries. Then came this. With 1,100 horsepower on pump gas. Yep.

Suggested By: Sir HoonsAlot, Photo Credit: Zenvo

Japan: Toyota Mega Cruiser


The Japanese knew the Hummer was a piece of crap, so they made a better one with four-wheel steering, portal axles and three locking diffs, powered by a 4.1 liter four-cylinder turbodiesel.

Suggested By: HammerheadFistpunch, Photo Credit: Toyota

South Korea: Hyundai Equus


The Equus is to Japanese luxury sedans what Japanese luxury sedans were to German luxury sedans twenty years ago, but the world just wasn’t ready yet.

Suggested By: MAKE2 Mifune, Photo Credit: Hyundai

Italy: Lamborghini LM002


It was a terrible idea fueled by Middle-Eastern cash, but Lamborghini was right about one thing: Ferrari had nothing like this.

Suggested By: As Du Volant, Photo Credit: Lamborghini

Russia: Marussia B2


The last time we checked, the Russians were still unable to produce a decent compact without getting French, Japanese or American help.

Luckily, making supercars is way easier, so I’m sure the B2 is one of the finest automobiles out there....


Suggested By: PatBateman, Photo Credit: Marussia

Switzerland: Monteverdi Safari


For decades, Monteverdi kept building GTs sporting Italian bodies and American powerplants, and that sort of made sense because Switzerland is almost in Italy.

Then came the Safari, a Range Rover competitor based on the International Harvester Scout. I know they have the Alps, but come on!


Suggested By: 2cvhoonage, Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

France: Citroën C-Elysée


A stupid name that’s impossible to spell won’t turn a boring economy Peugeot into a querky Citroën.

I know it was made for China, but this French Corolla is hardly worthy of the badge.


Suggested By: soyjuan, Photo Credit: Citroen

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