QOTD: Forbidden Fruit

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

As I noted yesterday, I was spotting a lot of unusual (to us) vehicles while I was out of the country on vacation last week.

So, naturally, I wanted to ask you about forbidden fruit and what cars you'd bring here if you could. But there's a twist.

Here's that twist: I am going to ask you to refrain from the easy and obvious picks.

Anyone can pick an Alpine 110. I want to hear about the truly weird stuff.

I'm hard-pressed to think of an example myself -- I don't know my foreign markets well enough. The best I can think of is the Volkswagen Amarok I saw -- it's not a vehicle that a lot of Americans desire, but it would still be cool if it was sold here (at least in my opinion).

So, what say you? What kind of car/truck/SUV/crossover that's not sold here would you bring over? And please, please, I beg of you -- make it a weird or obscure choice, not something obvious like the Alpine.

Sound off below.

[Image: Volkswagen]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on May 12, 2023

    Citroën C4 Cactus

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    • Alan Alan on May 12, 2023

      I just visited France and visited my Aunt. She has a Cactus. Hmmm.......very basic plastic interior similar to a 4 litre ice cream container, tiny, power on par with a ride on mower, . The vehicle suits her in the town she lives in because of the Cactus's small size and driving on an ancient road system. I hope reliability is a strong trait.

  • Adam Adam on May 12, 2023

    Volkswagen Caravelle or its competitors. seats 9 reasonably well and can be made into a car camper.

  • Alan Alan on May 12, 2023

    Well, there isn't too many vehicles we don't have. Unlike the EU and the US we don't have the same levels of protection on our industry. The vehicles we don't have are not desirable, ie, Meriva.

  • AutoPatriot AutoPatriot on May 13, 2023

    What about forbidden features? Nothing makes me more mad than seeing a new Nissan Sentra Sr 6spd review pop up on my YouTube feed only to find out Mexico and Canada have 6spd transmission option? Usa gets cvt only? I get if a manufacturer discontinues a manual transmission for production/profit thanks to decrease in demand but to Assemble this Nissan Sentra in Mississippi USA, then not sell what you manufacturered in the country that produced it! Ahh! Literally those clutches are just being exported right under our nose!