America is the home of automotive culture. It is the country that made the car industry, created hot rods, drive-ins and endless stretches of highways that connect every state. Since cars are so important here, you might think that global manufacturers are eager to sell their products in the U.S. You probably also think American car consumers have access to most of the models and brands produced in the world. Well, you are wrong. Popular import brands like Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen don`t sell their full model lineup in the U.S. In fact, it looks like American automobile customers are sometimes left without the most interesting models or versions.
Here is an interesting list of what U.S. consumers have been missing. Most of these cars are from brands you probably know, but you may never see any of these models on U.S. soil.
1. Toyota Hilux
Even though older versions of this truck were sold in the U.S., the Hilux has been absent from America for decades now. It is a shame since this compact truck is one of the widely recognized “tough as nails” vehicles in the world. It can pull, carry and go through the wilderness with ease. Toyota sells thousands of those tough 4×4 trucks around the world, practically on every continent, except for North America.
Most Hilux models sold globally are diesel-powered. The customers in America are not used to compact trucks with that kind of engine. There is also the question of emissions standards. Although the compact truck market was dead for a number of years, it has recently started to re-emerge with models like the Chevrolet Colorado.