Domestics Abroad, Part III: The Unmentionables

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
domestics abroad part iii the unmentionables

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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  • Kyree Kyree on Jul 15, 2017

    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.

  • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jul 16, 2017

    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.

    • NTGD NTGD on Jul 17, 2017

      I think the "failed compact" part was referring to the recently departed Dart not the original Neon.

  • Probert Sorry to disappoint: any list. of articles with a 1 second google search. It's a tough world out there - but you can do it!!!!!!
  • ToolGuy "We're marking the anniversary of the time Robert Farago started the GM death watch and called for the company to die."• No, we aren't. Robert Farago wrote that in April 2005. It was reposted in 2009 on the eve of the actual bankruptcy filing.The byline dates are sometimes strange/off with the site revisions (and the 'this is a repost' note got lost), but the date string in the link is correct (...2005/04...). Posting about GM bankruptcy in 2005 was a slightly more difficult call than doing it in 2009.-- The Truth About Calendars
  • Kat Laneaux Agree with Michael500, we wasted all that money just to bail out GM and they are developing these cars in China and other countries. What the heck. I understand the cheap labor but that is just another foothold the government has on their citizens and they already treat them like crap. That is pretty disgusting to go forward to put other peoples health and mental stability on a crazy crazed, control freak, leader, who is in bed with Russia. Thought about getting a buick but that just shot that one out of the park. All of this for the greed. They get what they lay in bed with. Disgusting.
  • Michael500 Good thing Obama used $50 billion of taxpayer money to bail them out and give unions a big stake. GM is headed to BK again with their Hail Mary hope of EVs. Hopefully a Republican in office will let them go BK the next time, and it's coming. The US economy is not related/dependent on GM and their Chinese made Buicks.
  • MaintenanceCosts "Rural areas hardly noticed COVID at all."I very much doubt that is true in places like the Navajo Nation or the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, some of which lost 2% or more of their population to COVID.No city had a death rate in the same order of magnitude.Low-density living is a very modern invention. Before cars, people, even in agricultural areas, needed to live densely to survive.