Weismann GmbH; KTM-Sports Motorcycle AG; Lancia;

Twenty-One Cars You Can't Drive in the U.S.

  1. Not Available For Sale Here
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    Not Available For Sale Here

    Dozens of automotive models—from manufacturers that include boutique supercar makers in Europe and mass producers in China and India—may never roll down U.S. streets. Once the unquestioned destination car market, the U.S. is no longer even the world's biggest. Last year, China became the top consumer of motor vehicles. Our list this year includes two cars we'd like to see here: the world's fastest pickup truck and a two-seat roadster with a roof that retracts in just 12 seconds. Nevertheless, you won't see these vehicles in a showroom any time soon.

    Weismann GmbH; KTM-Sports Motorcycle AG; Lancia;
  2. HSV MalooR8
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    HSV MalooR8


    Available: Australia

    Price: AU$59,900 ($58,879)*

    The Guinness World Records book clocked the Maloo at 169 mph in 2006, making it the world's fastest pickup truck. Since the early 1990s it has been built by Holden Special Vehicles, the high performance group of General Motor's Australian subsidiary Holden.

    *All prices are for entry-level models. Prices are approximate and do not include tax.

    Holden Special Vehicles
  3. Perodua Myvi
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    Perodua Myvi


    Available: Europe

    Price: MYR 32,277 ($10,377)

    This is one of three models currently made by Malaysian automaker Perodua. In collaboration with Daihatsu and Toyota, the Myvi was launched in 2005 and has annually been the best-selling vehicle in Malaysia ever since.

    Bloomberg
  4. Lancia Ypsillon Elle
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    Lancia Ypsillon Elle

    Available: Europe

    Price: €10,990 ($15,334)

    Available only in European markets, this limited-edition vehicle was conceived in collaboration with Elle magazine. Based on Lancia's Ypsilon supermini, this diminutive hatchback is designed to appeal to female buyers. At the 2010 Paris auto show Fiat Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne stated that the company would delay the launch of the third-generation Ypsilon until 2012 because of weak conditions in the European market.

    Lancia
  5. Wiesmann Roadster MF3
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    Wiesmann Roadster MF3

    Available: Europe, Asia

    Price: €60,000 ($83,718)

    Manufactured by hand in Dulmen, Germany, the retro-looking MF3 resembles a classic British roadster with guts that are pure Teuton. That's because under the hood is the same straight-six that BMW uses in its M3 performance cars. Wiesmann had been considering bringing it over to the States but so far hasn't wished to jump the twin hurdles of import duties and the engineering tweaks required to conform to U.S. safety standards.

    Wiesmann GmbH
  6. Audi A1
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    Audi A1


    Available: Europe

    Price: €16,000 ($22,325)

    Luxury car companies such as Audi believe that tiny cars like the A1—launched at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and meant to compete with BMW's Mini Cooper—will be unsuccessful in the U.S.

    Audi AG
  7. Daihatsu Copen
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    Daihatsu Copen


    Available: Asia, Europe

    Price: ¥695000 ($20,821)

    The two-seat Daihatsu Copen blends the fuel economy of a mini with the sportiness of a roadster. Made in Japan, it features an aluminum retractable roof and a 1.3 liter engine that motors from 0 to 62 mph in a respectable 9.5 seconds. Its size might be off-putting to some American drivers but others would find it a great weekend car.

    Daihatsu
  8. Citroën
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    Citroën


    Available: South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia

    Price: €28,983 ($40,440)

    Designed to compete with the Mini and Audi A1, the DS3 was launched in 2009 as the first in the premium series of customizable cars by the French automaker Citroën.

    Bernard Asset/Citroën
  9. Chery A5
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    Chery A5

    Available: Asia, Africa, Russia

    Price: RMB 74,800 ($11,216)

    Some might snicker at the Chery A5 sedan, shaking their heads at the notion that such a car could ever find a market in the U.S. They might say it's too small and too inexpensively priced and that it lacks many of the luxuries—not to mention basics—of cars sold in U.S. showrooms. People laughed at Toyota in the 1970s.

    Chery Automobile Co. Ltd.
  10. KTM X-Bow
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    KTM X-Bow

    Available: Europe, United Arab Emirates

    Price: €45,000 ($62,789)

    Made of carbon fiber with an Audi engine, the extremely light X-Bow accelerates with the power of a motorcycle—not surprising when you consider that it was the first car made by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM. Just 350 vehicles were sold in 2008, the first year of production, and another 600 rolled out of the plant last year. You could import one to the U.S. if you agree to drive it only on a track.

    KTM-Sportsmotorcycle AG
  11. Toyota Etios
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    Toyota Etios


    Available: India

    Price: Rs. 430,000 ($9,456)

    The Etios was designed specifically by Toyota for the Indian market, where it is manufactured in Bangalore and built with local parts. It is available as both a hatchback with a 1.2-liter engine and a sedan with a 1.5-liter engine.

    Bloomberg
  12. Renault Wind
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    Renault Wind


    Available: Europe

    Price: €17,388 ($24,261)

    Made by French automaker Renault, the Wind is a two-seat roadster with a one-piece retractable roof that Renault claims takes just 12 seconds to fold away.

    Renault
  13. VW Scirocco R
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    VW Scirocco R


    Available: Europe

    Price: €33,475 ($46,708)

    This sporty little car was believed to pose unwelcome competition for Volkwagen's GTI model in the U.S. market. Americans will have to live without the Scirocco and the little goodies that come with the "R," such as sport seats and dual chrome exhaust pipes.

    Volkswagen AG
  14. Tata Indigo
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    Tata Indigo


    Available: India

    Price: Rs. 460,583 ($10,356)

    With revenues of $20 billion last year and 5.9 million of its vehicles operating on Indian roads, Tata is one of the top three producers of passenger cars in India. The compact four-door Indigo has been a market mainstay since it was introduced in 2002.

    Tata Motors Group
  15. Hyundai i10
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    Hyundai i10

    Available: India, Europe

    Price: 348,000 rupees ($7,653)

    One of seven Hyundai models in India, the i10 is the country's second-best selling car, behind Maruti Suzuki's Alto, according to reports from the companies. The sporty hatchback was launched in 2007.

    Bloomberg
  16. Abarth Punto Evo
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    Abarth Punto Evo


    Available: Europe

    Price: €18,523 ($25,864)

    A high-performance car based on the Fiat 500, but produced by Abarth—the Italian rally-car maker—the Abarth Punto Evo has a high top speed and respectable 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) performance of 7.9 seconds.

    Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
  17. BYD F3
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    BYD F3

    Available: China

    Price: RMB 61,836 ($9,300)

    The F3 sedan was China's fourth-best selling car last year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. BYD originally stood for Bi Ya Di, a Western-sounding name that was later changed to Build Your Dreams. In 2008, Warren Buffet paid $232 million for a 10 percent stake in the company that is now estimated to be worth $1.5 billion. The day when Americans drive BYDs may not be too far-off.

    Bloomberg
  18. Skoda Yeti
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    Skoda Yeti

    Available: Europe, Asia

    Price: €14,594 ($20,378)

    The Yeti is a five-door mini-SUV from Czech Republic's Skoda Auto. It made its debut at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. Skoda became a subsidiary of Volkswagen in 2000.

    Bloomberg
  19. Reva NXR
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    Reva NXR

    Available: India, Europe

    Price: Rs. 620,248 ($13,946)

    The NXR model of Reva Electric Car is parked outside a plant in Bommasandra, India. The Indian company is working with General Motors to build electric cars overseas.

    Bloomberg
  20. Fiat Qubo
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    Fiat Qubo


    Available: Europe

    Price: €9,988 ($13,946)

    While the first supermini Fiat 500s are arriving in the U.S. this year, there are no plans so far to release the boxy Qubo. That may not disappoint many American drivers because it takes about 16 seconds to get from 0 to 62. In fact, as Jeremy Clarkson of Britain's popular Top Gear car show wrote in the Sunday Times of London last year: "The Qubo is so slow that if you climbed into one this morning in Hunstanton and attempted to drive south as fast as possible, coastal erosion would swallow you up by Wednesday evening."

    Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
  21. Opel Ampera
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    Opel Ampera


    Available: Europe

    Price: €27,980 ($39,069)

    General Motors launched this cool-looking version of the Chevy Volt as the car's Opel-branded European version.

    Opel
  22. Maruti Suzuki EECO
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    Maruti Suzuki EECO

    Available: India

    Price: Rs. 273,397 ($6,012)

    With two plants capable of producing a million vehicles annually, Maruti Suzuki has massive clout in the Indian car market. Here, the EECO was introduced at a January auto show in New Delhi.


    Bloomberg