Americans often think they can buy anything, but that’s not the case when it comes to vehicles. Drivers on other continents have access to some sweet rides that Americans will probably never see parked in their own driveways.
Sometimes, vehicle manufacturers don’t have a foothold in America for sales while other companies aren’t willing to take a chance on fickle car buyers. Here are five of the coolest cars that Americans will probably never get to drive:
1. Nissan Micra
Nissan took a chance on America’s acceptance of electric cars with the Leaf, but the company seems unwilling to take the same chance with the gasoline-powered Micra. This super-small hatchback is loaded with fun features and could take a hefty slice of the MINI Cooper’s market share with its less expensive price tag.
2. Audi A1
In the United States, many car buyers associate Audi with expensive machinery and luxury cars, but foreigners can get their hands on this “supermini” Audi for around $21,000. The Audi A1 is available in a diesel model that gets over 60 MPG with a 1.6-liter, 104-HP engine and features a start-stop system to reduce idling time.
3. Peugeot 508 RXH
France gets what Peugeot calls the first hybrid diesel car with the Peugeot 508 RXH, which uses an electric and diesel engine to maximize fuel efficiency. Americans won’t get to enjoy this luxury five-door car because Peugeot doesn’t make ones that are legal to drive in the United States.
4. Mini Cooper SD Coupe
Diesel-powered vehicles remain a rare sight in America, and that’s a shame because the Mini Cooper SD Coupe offers fuel economy that exceeds 50 MPG as well as some luxury features like leather seats, adaptive headlights and an extendable spoiler.
5. Holden Ute
This throwback to the El Camino is an Australian car, and for a while, there was a rumor that Holden would start selling more vehicles in the United States under the Pontiac brand, until Pontiac’s untimely demise. Amusingly, one Holden Ute was registered in New York, but it’s a rare sight, and Americans must go to extraordinary lengths to drive these awesome cars in the states.
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