QOTD: Having European Dreams?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
qotd having european dreams

It’s a gearhead fantasy nearly as old as time itself. We know some vehicles offered around the world are not for sale here in this country, thanks to a myriad of safety and emission rules which are incomprehensibly different depending on where one lives. Not to mention the varying tastes and style preferences of the motoring public around the planet.

Doesn’t keep us from wanting what we can’t have, though. Is there a specific new car on sale today — but not available in this country — that gets your motor running?

The Peugeot 508 [s]sedan[/s] saloon shown above is not one of them, at least for this author. A car such as that is only desired by an individual with such a deep love of all thing French that they also keep garlic-flavored toothpaste in their medicine cabinet. But hey, at least it looks interesting.

This Fiat Fullback Cross is not an angry American football player, despite its name. Rather, it is a diesel powered, manually shifted quasi-pickup with power going to all four wheels. The interior looks alright as well and — again — four-wheel drive and manual transmission.

The Citroën showroom is a bit of a wasteland to these jaundiced eyes, but at least the micro-hatch C1 looks like something, as does the C3 Aircross. I’m just not sure what they look like. One definitely won’t lose them in a crowded parking lot.

Peugeot also serves up the tasty 308 GTi, powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline powered mill that cranks out 272 horsepower. A six-speed manual apparently keeps things on the boil. It is, however, decidedly not a 205 GTi from the ’80s. Nevertheless, we’re talking about new cars today. A 308 it is, then.

And this is without mentioning all manner of other European marques and the gear they get down in Australia. What brand-new car would you select from abroad?

[Images: PSA Group, Fiat]

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  • Lex Lex on Aug 15, 2018

    I'd love a Hilux with the 2.4D engine and 6 speed manual.

  • Sceptic Sceptic on Aug 18, 2018

    Why do our esteemed editors consider this openly racist statement acceptable: “...French that they also keep garlic-flavored toothpaste in their medicine cabinet. ” Why is it OK in America to stereotype Europeans but not other races? Double standard much?

  • Dukeisduke Why the hell doesn't Farley just resign? Why hasn't Bill Ford fired him? I lay all this at Farley's feet.
  • Dukeisduke I tried watching the livestream (I'm a MT+ subscriber), but after 15 minutes of jawing by the presenters, I got bored and turned it off. I may watch it this weekend, when I can fast forward through that stuff, to get to the reveal.
  • Dukeisduke Electric power steering, I assume. First-gen Chevy Cruzes can suffer from similar issues, usually traceable to a flaky battery negative cable, a $10 OEM part. Weird, huh?
  • Kwik_Shift Once 15 Minute Cities start to be rolled out, you won't be far enough away from home to worry about range anxiety.
  • Bobbysirhan I'd like to look at all of the numbers. The eager sheep don't seem too upset about the $1,800 delta over home charging, suggesting that the total cost is truly obscene. Even spending Biden bucks, I don't need $1,800 of them to buy enough gasoline to cover 15,000 miles a year. Aren't expensive EVs supposed to make up for their initial expense, planet raping resource requirements, and the child slaves in the cobalt mines by saving money on energy? Stupid is as stupid does.