Top 10 Most Wanted Cars in the U.S.
Top 10 Cars We Want In The U.S. December 7, 2009 by William Sprecher There are plenty of vehicles distributed around the world that aren’t available in the United States. Even with consumers clamoring for them, some will never have a chance to sprint through the curves of California’s Highway 1, which is a great loss, indeed.
There are two main reasons why these and many other cars are not sold here. For one, a strong Euro raises MSRP enough to make them less attractive to consumers, and two, we have an extremely competitive and diverse auto market that makes new investments expensive and sometimes risky.
To be considered for this top ten, a vehicle cannot, or will not, be sold in the U.S., and it must be within a reasonable price range because, let’s face it, distribution isn’t the only thing keeping you from owning a Pagani Zonda .
2009 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
This might be one of the most stylish and elegant small cars available in the European market. Mercedes has done a nice job fitting their classic look and upscale feel into this pint-sized, slightly minivan-ish package – the A-class is one foot shorter than the current VW Golf . It is available with six different four-cylinder engines, three of which run on diesel and make around 53 mpg.
2009 Peugeot 207 GTi
Since Peugeot’s brief and lackluster U.S. gambit, the company has been hard at work to revamp its European brand. The 207 GTi does well to show how far they have come since their departure from our shores over 15 years ago. With a stout 172 horsepower and a combined 33 mpg, the 207 GTi makes for an efficient package. For now it looks like Peugeot wont be leaving the safety of the European market so we will just have to make due with the original, more powerful Volkswagen GTI . Boy, do we sound needy.
2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR
This petite pusher comes in as one of the most fuel-efficient, yet fun-to-drive cars on this list. Sporting Recaro seats, blue brake calipers and 182 horsepower, the Corsa VXR still manages a combined average fuel economy of over 35 mpg. Despite only being available in Europe and Australia, those looking for its U.S. equivalent can find it in the Mini Cooper S .
2010 Opel Insignia OPC
Say hello to Opel’s 325 horsepower, turbocharged Audi S4 killer. Those fortunate enough to get their hands on this European-only powerhouse get a 2.8-liter V-6 to play with which scoots to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. A six-speed manual transmission will deliver this Audi stomping power through an all-wheel-drive system with an electronic limited slip differential.
2009 Holden Sportwagon SS V-Series
In this country, sport wagons are few and far between, which is why the Holden Sportwagon SS V-Series - made from the same bone crushing kit as the Pontiac G8 GT – makes us tremble at the knees. With a 6.0-liter V-8 powerplant producing 362 horsepower, this awe-inspiring Australian will not only rocket you to 60 mph in 5.7 ...
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