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 |  Mar 24 2011, 9:08 PM

From Europe to Japan it seems like everyone gets better versions of cars than we do here in North America. Whether it’s a higher-performance Subaru WRX STI, a V-Spec GT-R or a Mercedes SL65 Black Series that weights 200-lbs less than ours because of carbon-fiber seats that don’t meet our safety regulations.

But now, if you’re the proud owner of an Infiniti G37 6MT, you can either call a random 75-digit European phone number and taunt whoever picks up at the other end, or you can express your sincerest sympathies. Why? Because those usually-lucky Europeans don’t get to enjoy any Infiniti model with a stick shift.

That’s right, in a region of the world where manuals are more common than automatics, the luxury brand has decided not to offer a stick shift, despite it being available in every other market Infiniti sells in.

So if you do own a stick-shift Infiniti, cherish it, because while we might miss out on a lot of cool cars, this one we get to enjoy.