<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Don't forget the real #1 reason - Americans have ****ty tastes. Sure, some of our regulations are impediments to importation but they are not the final reason to not import. Pretty much any car can be mildly modified to pass regulations - or find a way to be excluded from regulation - if there's enough of a market to make it worth it. If Lotus can import the Elise, do you think it's that hard to get by safety standards? And if the Viper, CL55 AMG, M5 and other big ass overmotored cars can pass emissions, do you really think that for instance a twin turbo V6 can't be tuned to pass? Car companies just care about the money, so if they see a market they'll bring the car over. When they whine about regulations, what they're really saying is "We don't see enough sales to justify the bother."Originally posted by MP5A4_HK:
I think you US poeple are getting crappy cars because of
1. Your Strict car safety standards.
2. Smog tests.
3. Insurence companies being $(@)%s...
US will never see a cool and nice looking car if these remain unchanged.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">I'll believe it when I see it...lot cheaper to change bumpers to make it meet US specs then it is to have completely different sheetmetal....its called saving moneyOriginally posted by rpvitiello:
Ford has already said that on the next redesign the US focus is gonna look VERY different from the Euro focus. What is up with that I have no idea...
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">What? Try the Model T friend, that was Ford's first "world car", LOL...Originally posted by SilverSVT:
The European and American Escorts Where never the same car!
Even thought they where touted as world cars the first true world car was the Mondeo/Contour and then the Focus.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">So far I bought FSVT springs, some other miscelaneous suspension components, and a stock transmission/engine mount from the dealer. All were made in europe.Originally posted by flat 4:
They do not "share" parts between the 2 cars (that I am aware of)