The Best Cars Europe Gets That We Don't

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For various reasons, the automotive powers that be keep many of the world's best cars from the American car buying public. Even Detroit is stiffing us on some of these models, and they're supposed to be on our side!

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Now I know, people always argue that hatches, wagons, diesels and manuals won't sell in North America, but dammit, we're enthusiasts and we're American. Not only do we expect the best, we feel entitled to it, too. After all, we have some of the best stretches of uninterrupted driving road in the world, so it stands to reason that we should use them as creatively as possible.

Here are few cars that the Euros get that we should, too. I'm not sure how we'll go about getting them, but maybe if we complain enough, someone will listen. After all, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Unless that wheel hasn't been imported from Europe yet.

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Sound off in Kinja below and let us know what European — or Asian or Brazilian or whatever — models you'd like to see in the U.S. of A.

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sportiva

This sweet little hatch comes with gasoline and diesel turbo motors, and would be great to drive in America's cities or on her highways. Add to that Alfa's awesome styling, and you'll rue the day the company left the U.S. market (in 1995 due to poor sales).

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And no, the Dodge Dart doesn't count.

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Audi S3 Hatchback

A small, sexy hot hatch — just what America needs more of. The 2013 Audi A3 could deliver the goods, if only Audi would send them over here.

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Peugeot 208 GTI

Debuted at the Paris Motor Show, the 208 GTI owes its homage to the legendary 205 GTI. It's basically a souped-up, lowered version of the standard 208, and Peugeot says it will launch to 62 mph in less than 7 seconds. Depressed about American politics? That'll perk you up.

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Mazda6 Diesel Wagon

The Mazda6 is really one of the sleeker cars amongst those that normal people can afford to buy. So why, in heaven's name, is that gorgeous wagon not going to be for sale at my neighborhood Mazda dealership?

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Ford Mondeo Wagon/Hatchback

This is Europe's version of a Ford Fusion. And as Jezza would say, my god it's brilliant. The wagon is great — like the Mazda6 only better — but look at the four-door hatchback. Cars like that make me wonder why Americans have never warmed up to big hatches. It looks like a fastback for god's sake!

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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Wagon

As far as I'm concerned, the Chevy Cruze is one of the most fun small cars Detroit has made in a while (we'll forget about the recalls for the moment). And it seems to be doing well. So why don't we have the diesel wagon version of the Cruze? Better gas mileage, more space, sleek styling — what's not to like?

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Lada Niva 4x4

I had no idea that these were even an option, but Lada actually still makes them. Not only that, but they even sell them in the U.K. (and did in Canada a few years back). Buy one of these and you'll have a really useful classic that's brand new. Oh, but only on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Now, tell us what you think. What else should we have in the States?

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DISCUSSION

LandofMinos
LandofMinos: ...sent down to strike the unroadworthy!

Ben, there's a significant reason why you don't get these cars...

Americans pay less for new cars than anywhere else. They've been spoiled by car makers for decades and have become so used to paying such small prices for a new cars, that having to pay the same as the rest of the world could spell disaster for the industry.

What happens is the rest of the world subsidises America by paying more locally (yet we still love you). Or makers save by skipping on trim packages and complete models sent to America.

If you're in America and complain that your Volkswagen doesn't get the same trick engines and nice interiors as the rest of the world. Re-read the second sentence of this post and check pricing for yourself...

Prices in US dollars, excluding taxes and ORC's...

For base model Audi A3 sedan...

In the US sells for $27,270USD

In the UK sells for $31,181USD

In Australia sells for $43,024USD

For base model VW Jetta sedan...

US: $16,675USD

UK: $26,854USD (over 10k more!)

AU: $31,318USD (what the fucking fuck?)

-Part of the UK's and AU's price tag pays for one sold in the US.

-US models tend to be made from cheaper parts and materials and use older, sometimes superseded mechanicals.

-Part of Australia's stupidly high price is because of European import duty, more options on the base models, isolated geographical location, profiteering (is rife in AU big business) and sometimes engineering upgrades to handle Aussie conditions.

So America, stop your crying. We're paying for you, if you really wants more Euro chic, you need to pay more.