By on July 14, 2017

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Today marks the third and final entry in our Domestics Abroad miniseries. This is where we take a look at the models proffered around the globe that wear a domestic company’s badge on the grille, but are not offered in the brands’ domestic markets. This is ground zero for “you can’t get that here.” All nameplates you’ll see in this series are current production models.

We kicked off this series with Ford and its 13 qualifying models. Second was Chevrolet, which had 9 models accounted for, and one which I forgot (you can see it below the jump). The Unmentionables will cover the remaining international offerings from Buick, Dodge, and Ram.

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Image: 2017 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, via Chevrolet

The B&B were quick to point out the one that got away from Part II of Domestics Abroad. Chevrolet still markets a TrailBlazer model in places which are not North America. The model is related only in name to the TrailBlazer on sale here from 2002 to 2009. This forbidden TrailBlazer has been on sale internationally since 2012, and it’s based on a truck General Motors is happy to sell you: the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s easy to dream up a couple of Tahoe and crossover-shaped reasons why GM chose not to bring this body-on-frame offering to North American shores.

Buick GL8 

Image: 2017 Buick GL8 Avenir, via Buick

Since 2000, Buick has marketed the GL8 minivan in China. It started out as a GMT200 badge engineering exercise of a Chevy Venture. In 2005 it moved with the rest of the U-body vans to the GMT201 platform, but maintained its own sort-of-Terraza look with a different front clip. Finally, for the 2011 model year, the van moved into its third generation, and sits alone on a modified and fourth-generation U-body platform. It’s almost like the Oldsmobile Silhouette is still on sale! Check out the prominent fuel door highlighting going on in that image.

Dodge Attitude

Image: 2017 Dodge Attitude, via Dodge

Dodge has three models on sale in the Mexican market which we’ve never seen on our shores — sort of. The first of which is this Attitude, and can you tell what it is yet? That’s right, in Mexico the partnership between Dodge and Mitsubishi is alive and well. There, the Mirage G4 sedan gets a new identity by donning a crosshair grille.

I did some quick searching to answer your incoming question: Yes, the Mirage is sold in Mexico as well. Mitsubishi only carries the hatchback version, with prices starting at 176,900 pesos ($10,073). The Attitude starts at 182,200 pesos, or $10,375. You pay more for that premium Dodge badging and sedan profile.

Dodge Neon

Image: 2017 Dodge Neon, via Dodge

Look at that familiar name! Mexico saw the return of the Neon name in 2016. Though this sedan has some Dart looks about it, it is unrelated to the failed compact. Underneath, one will find a Fiat Tipo, built in a Turkish factory. This same platform is shared with the Fiat 500L.

Dodge Vision

Image: 2017 Dodge Vision, via Dodge

Another familiar (AMC-Renault-Jeep-Eagle) name from the past, this particular Dodge wears a little circular badge, and barely visible “DODGE” script in the middle. While obviously a rebadged Fiat of some sort, you may not know which one. This little red four-door is the Fiat Siena, and the Mexican market has received this Brazilian-built subcompact since 2015.

Ram 1200 

Image: 2017 RAM 1200, via RAM

The last entry on our Domestics Abroad list is the above Ram 1200. And just like the Attitude, this truck is a Mitsubishi vehicle. For sale only in the United Arab Emirates, this Mitsubishi L200 does Ram duty. Other places in the Middle East, it wears a Fiat badge on the front and carries the name Fullback.

So, there you have it, the third and final volume of Domestics Abroad.

[Images: TTAC; General Motors; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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44 Comments on “Domestics Abroad, Part III: The Unmentionables...”


  • avatar
    dividebytube

    That Trailblazer is actually not half-bad. And I’m sure my old man would love to replace his rusting 2004 Trailblazer which is used for wood hauling duty.

    Ram 1200: Soon to be sporting a bed mounted machine gun ;)

  • avatar
    -Nate

    The RAM crew cab looks O.K. to me, I don’t like massive pickups nor do I need a crewcab .
    -Nate

  • avatar
    ajla

    Ram 700?

    • 0 avatar
      HEOJ

      I knew I was typing too slow!

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      Sigh…

      Yes, that one will have to go unposted.

      • 0 avatar
        HEOJ

        Kudos on the Ram 1200! I totally forgot about that one! Also great series…I wish there were more domestics its over too soon!

        • 0 avatar
          Corey Lewis

          Yeah, since 2014 there have been a decrease in US-marque branded vehicles internationally. It’s just better for sales if they use a logo with greater local recognition.

      • 0 avatar
        Dy-no-mite Jay

        Just do another article. There have got to be some others you have missed. I don’t know if it has continued with the current generation, but I know Ford sold a Lincoln Mark LT in Mexico on the previous generating f150 platform that we didn’t get here (in Lincoln guise).

        • 0 avatar
          HEOJ

          Not necessarily, like Corey mentioned a lot of the cars that would have fit into this category went away a few years ago, including the Mark LT they had in Mexico. Now if there was a series for older vehicles that we didn’t get that would be a different story but these three entries pretty much covered what is currently available.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Yeah, the Ram 700 would likely get a bunch of “I’d buy that!” comments, like the Chevy Montanna did, mostly from people who would never buy it if it was sold here.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      @ajla
      Known as the Mitsubishi Triton or L200

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Wrong.

        The Ram 700 is a rebadged Fiat Strada, 100% unrelated to the Triton/L200.

        The Mitsubishi-based Ram 1200 is featured in the article. See it? Its the in the article, its the one that looks suspiciously like a Mitsubishi truck.

        But, it matters not, just make it up as you go along.

        • 0 avatar
          RobertRyan

          @John Taurus
          I wonder how low your IQ is. That is what I was referring too the ” Ram 1200″

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            Its high enough to read ajla’s comment, which clearly reads “Ram 700?”.

            Its also high enough to wonder why *anyone* would be asking about the Ram 1200 (presumably to point out it was not listed), since it was showcased in the article, and Corey pointed out clearly that it is a Mitsubishi Triton/L200:

            “The last entry on our Domestics Abroad list is the above Ram 1200. And just like the Attitude, this truck is a Mitsubishi vehicle. For sale only in the United Arab Emirates, this Mitsubishi L200 does Ram duty.”

            So, I’ve come to know ajla somewhat, at least what he usually posts. I respect him, think he’s a good guy, even if we don’t always agree. Never can I recall an instance where he asked such an idiotic question as what you claim he did here.

            And no, he did not edit the post after your answer, his post is as it was when I read it hours before you replied.

            From all of this, I can infer that:
            A)you didn’t read the article very well (since the Ram 1200 was talked about and the information you gave on it was present and accounted for)
            B)you didn’t read his comment very well
            C)you felt the need to answer him without giving any thought whatsoever to what he asked, an effort no doubt to prove your vastly superior automotive knowledge in the face of all of these ignoant North Americans, otherwise you would have read his two-word post as many times as it took to know and understand what he was talking about
            D)you’re so hard headed, you’re still defending your mistake and taking personal jabs at the one who pointed it out and made you look like the fool you are
            E)you still haven’t bothered looking to see if in fact you were wrong (impossible, I know!), in which case you could have come back with a joke or explanation about how you were mistaken

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @John Taurus
            Ad I suspected you are a simpleton, with about as must knowledge of anything automotive you can write on the back of a postage stamp

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            So, I can read, that makes me a simpleton?

            I point out your mistake, and that means I don’t know anything?

            Only in Australia, where the opposite of everything is true.

  • avatar
    HEOJ

    I got more!

    Chevrolet Cobalt (Same platform as the Aveo or Sonic I forget which)
    http://www.chevrolet.com.br/carros/cobalt.html

    Chevrolet Cavalier (Forgot about this one last time China only but it was just announced to be coming to Mexico this year, last gen Cruze redone as far as I know).

    http://www.chevrolet.com.cn/cavalier/

    Ram 700 (Fiat Strada outside of Mexico)
    http://www.ram.com.mx/700/2017/

    Ram Promaster Rapid (new to Mexico this year, its some rebadged Fiat but I’m not sure which.

    http://www.ram.com.mx/promaster-rapid/2017/

    Would the China only 2nd(3rd?) gen Cruze have counted if it was still on sale? That was an odd one went on sale for a year or two before North America got a new Cruze then China dropped its own new Cruze and started selling the current one.

    • 0 avatar
      deanst

      Yes, I don’t understand the premise of these pieces – selected cars offered abroad? What about the various excelle and verano models offered in China?

    • 0 avatar
      moff90

      The Promaster Rapid is a rebadged brazilian-spec Fiat Fiorino, which is different from the current euro-spec Fiorino. According to wikipedia, it’s also sold in Canada.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Aveo and Sonic are the same car. They just changed the name in North America when the second generation was introduced. Its still sold as the Aveo everywhere else.

      • 0 avatar
        HEOJ

        Sorry should’ve been more specific, when I was saying Aveo, I meant the previous gen that was sold in the U.S., I’m used to looking at the Chevrolet Mexico website where they sell both generations(old as Aveo, new as Sonic) so in my head I think of them as separate vehicles instead of different generations. What I should have said was I don’t know if the Cavalier is based of the 1st or 2nd gen Aveo. It’s styled differently than either one(not even the same as the first gen facelift Mexico got recently). Also just realized Mexico is going to have a lot of small cars soon, Cavlier, Aveo & Sonic, maybe one will go away after 2018.

  • avatar
    turbosasquatch

    The Trailblazer or something like it will return to compete with the Bronco. There’s already rumblings of Chevy bringing back the Blazer nameplate

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Yes, on a rebadged GMC Acadia. So, in otherwords, it’ll be a crossover to sit under Traverse but above Equinox.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      @turbosasquatch
      Not that successful in Australia, the Colorado chassis it uses is not exactly selling up a storm. Interesting to see how it sells in the US

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Oh my GOD, if its unsuccessful in Australia, that’s HUGE. What a big deal! Everyone knows Australia is the world’s only car market that matters.

        • 0 avatar
          RobertRyan

          Exactly right. . Seeing reading is a difficult task for you. I said
          “Interesting to see how it sells in the US”
          What sells in the US basically struggles anywhere else. Few US only vehicles have any clout outside NA

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            You seem to be speaking of home-grown Austrailian cars. How many have been successful outside of Australia? Come to think of it, how many are successful IN Australia today? I can’t believe the world’s best car designers and the worlds most important car market can’t design a car that sells well in its own country anymore. Its just the stupid Americans who do that.

            Oh, they’re “designing” some of the nuts and bolts of the upcoming Ranger/Bronco, so…maybe that counts.

            “Few US only vehicles have any clout outside NA”

            Is the Colorado a US only vehicle?

            Well, if the “other” US only vehicles are actually only sold here, I don’t understand how they could be expected to have “clout” in markets that have never heard of them. But, evidently they do, since grey-market imports of US only trucks (especially) are not unheard of. People in places like China and Japan pay big money for grey market US trucks.

            There are plenty of vehicles in this very series that wouldn’t sell any better here than the F-350 would in India. A few might buy them for special purpose, otherwise, UNSALABLE.

            Few “world market” cars have traditionally been successful here. There are a long list of flops. Honda, Toyota, Nissan and others have developed North American-market-specific vehicles for decades.

            Its only just recently that “world market” cars have had any traction here…and its just in time for the car market to shrink, as buyers flock to North American specific vehicles like trucks (even more than before), large SUVs and crossovers.

            So your only point is that we have a unique market that tends to cultivate its own specific models to our tastes. Well, I could’ve told you that, and it has little-to-nothing to do with the Colorado’s popularity in Australia.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @John Taurus
            Deflection gets you nowhere. I am talking about ” home grown” US vehicles that do not sell outside NA. That is all of them
            Bulk of vehicles sold in the US are rebadged ” world vehicles” Even the Pickups contain many overseas engineered parts
            US has become a backwater from an automotive viewpoint.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @John Taurus
            Bulk of US vehicles are rebadged ” World Cars”. Truly US engineered vehicles are reastricted to the Military

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            “Not that successful in Australia, the Colorado chassis it uses is not exactly selling up a storm. Interesting to see how it sells in the US”

            What about that post has anything to do with vehicles only for sale here?

            Right, I forgot, you make a statement and then change its meaning a few times later when someone points out your fact-challenged point has no merit.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @John Taurus
            Did you get past high school ? Just wondering.Your comprehension level is very low

  • avatar
    geozinger

    I’ve seen pix of the Neon/Tipo and the Vision/Siena previously. In a way, it’s too bad that Sergio thinks that the USDM only needs SUVs, these would make nice little runabouts for young folks and people who need cheap wheels. Maybe FCA could resurrect the Plymouth brand and sell these under that since they seem unwilling to give them to Dodge…

    • 0 avatar
      moff90

      Remember that those two are world cars aimed at developing markets. With americans not buying stuff like the Dart and 200, why do you think they would buy something similar (or worse) to the Mitsubishi Mirage, but without the japanese quality image?

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Muff, you’re probably right. The Neon (Tipo) probably makes our Dart feel like a Lexus in comparison.

        However, if it started below $10k, I think they could get away with it. People don’t seem to mind how cheap a car feels so long as it is actually cheap to buy.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      The Vision has got to be the worst rebadge I’ve ever seen. They didn’t even change the grille or the circle where the Fiat emblem is supposed to go. They just stuck a Dodge badge there. Terrible. At least the Attitude and Neon look like real Dodge products (even if they really aren’t). They get a fail on this rebadge job.

      Kinda like the last Chevy Prizm, the area in the front where the bowtie is looks perfectly made for a Toyota logo.

      • 0 avatar
        HEOJ

        The Attitude and Neon are the odd balls. Back when They “rebadged” Hyundai’s(previous Attitude was a Hyundai Accent) they didn’t even change the logo badges! Looking at a brochure for the 2011 Attitude they might have stuck on a Ram head badge or it could be photoshoped because they 2012 catalog shows the car with the H badge again. The only thing changed was replacing the Hyundai badge with Dodge outside of the Accent/Attitude most model didn’t even get a model name change.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    The Neon doesn’t look bad; I had seen that one before.

    As for the Vision, I know it’s a rebadge, but the disjointed lines look very much like those on the short-lived 2nd-gen (2008-2011) North American. Focus sedan.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    I wouldn’t called the Neon a “failed compact”. It sold really well, and why they replaced it with the awful Caliber is beyond me. Compared to the Caliber and the recent Dart, the Neon was very successful.


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