Which European Brand Would You Bring to the U.S.?

Peugeot 508 diesel hybrid

Peugeot 508 RXH

American drivers have an inferiority complex.

We’ve long pined over cars sold in Europe that are not available for purchase in the United States. It’s a complex that we Yankees have never been able to shake, though there are signs that it’s finally starting to subside.

One reason for that is we’re finally starting to get some of the vehicles we’ve always wanted. The Ford Fiesta and FIAT 500 are leading that charge, though it remains to be seen if buyers on this side of the Atlantic will embrace them long-term. The other reason for the diminishing complex is younger drivers and their complete lack of interest in cars. Why would they care what Europeans get to drive when they don’t see cars as anything more than a portable iPhone accessory?

With that in mind, here’s the question of the day:

If you could bring one European brand to the U.S., which would it be: Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, Seat or Skoda?

Keep reading for a peek into each brand.

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

This one should’ve been here by now. Alfa is controlled by FIAT/Chrysler, and cars like the hot little Giulietta would look great in U.S. driveways. Instead we may get them re-branded as Dodge vehicles, which would be okay, too.

Peugeot

Peugeot 508 RXH

On sale in Europe in spring of 2012, the Peugeot 508 RXH is a 56-mpg diesel/electric hybrid that American buyers would eat up.

Citroen

Citroen DS3

The Citroen DS3. Jeremy Clarkson loves it. We should too.

Renault

2011 Renault Laguna

The Renault Laguna competes with the Ford Mondeo in Europe. With the Mondeo set for a massive re-do, the Laguna will go under the knife, too. The Laguna’s selling point? Well, just try getting a Ford with 4-wheel steering

Seat and Skoda

Seat Mii

Both of these brands reside under the Volkswagen umbrella. Frankly, I think we’re better off just keeping V-Dub. I really don’t think we need a VW Golf, VW Up!, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo.

If you could bring one European brand to the U.S., which would it be: Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, Seat or Skoda? Personally, I’d probably skip all these and go for the tough-as-nails Toyota Hilux!

-tgriffith

Used Ford Fiesta
Used FIAT 500
Used Volkswagen Golf

5 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed the diesel version of the Jaguar I had the opportunity to drive this spring. It’s too bad it isn’t available in the US. I also liked the Astra Sports Tourer diesel from Vauxhall. They all sip the fuel and have enough kick for city/highway driving.

  2. I thought Alfa would be my sure winner but that Peugeot looks great! Well the hybrid diesel part does. Looks a little like the mb r class but other than that wow!

  3. Alfa and Peugeot have some great stuff. Alfa, best small 4-door sedan I’ve ever driven, and Peugeot, best Diesel-engined car I’ve driven. The Abarth Fiat was cool but I don’t know if Chrysler will sell that version here. Citroen is always seems to be battling Renault for wierdness. Not exactly European, but Holden has some great cars from down under.

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