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