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Cars That Are Available in North America but Not in the USA
Think we have it good in the US when it comes to automotive selection? Think again. There are quite a few cars available to our neighbors from the North and South, but not in our dealerships. What gives?
Here’s the scoop: many of these cars might not pass our emissions or safety standards, while others don’t fit into some automakers US lineups. Other cars, like the Nissan Micra may just exist in these smaller markets to test the waters.
Despite these reasons, we still wish that the following cars could make their way to the US, even if takes black-magic or voodoo to bring them. Check out our list and let us know which Non-US, North American car you pine for.
2012's Best Car Porn
Shaping and sculpting sheet metal into something both beautiful and functional is an intensive undertaking that automakers spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars on. And to bring these cars justice, photographers and videographers spend hundreds of hours capturing just the right angle, and finding that one magical location.
So for your viewing pleasure, AutoGuide has gathered up the best-of-the-best automotive photography and videos from the past year, and compiled them all here in one place.
Click through to see some stunning visuals.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be hitting U.S. dealerships in 2014, giving the American market a viable option for a small luxury vehicle. And since we still have a bit to wait until it hits American soil, the German automaker has released all-new photos of the A-Class for us to enjoy.
Luxury styling, AMG performance and compact car sensibility will all be rolled into one package as the Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG, something that has the breadth of enthusiasts excited. Rumored to be in the works, these spy photos are the first confirmation that such a car is being prepped for launch.
The Spy photos that show us almost unmasked details of the new hot hatch came our way today. Last week we reported that the A25 AMG would have all-wheel drive and a turbocharged four cylinder engine making 335 hp.
Those figures place the little Merc in line to outpace the Audi RS3′s performance, though it isn’t clear exactly when we’ll be graced with the little hotrod.
We received confirmation from the automaker last month during the Geneva Motor Show that the coveted A-Class would, in fact, be coming to market in the U.S., but we’re not sure exactly when.
If history is anything to base assumptions on, we probably won’t get a sip of the hotter AMG version until European consumers get a long drink from the well.
For now, have a look at our first glance of what’s sure to be an interesting entrant to the compact segment.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG spy photos
The A25 AMG is Mercedes-Benz‘s take on a sport tuned version of the A-Class hot hatch, and more details concerning the makeup of the car are out.
According to AMG boss Ola Kallenius, the A25 will be powered by a turbocharged four cylinder engine that will produce more than 335 hp. Original forecasts for engine power claimed that the A25 would outpower the Audi RS3, which makes 335 hp, so it seems AMG is on track to make the most powerful luxury hot hatch on the market.
Originally it was speculated that the A-Class would be a front wheel drive car, which would have compromised the handling of the car and “create oversteer,” says Kallenius. The A25 will come sporting an all wheel drive setup, likely to be sourced from the ML 63 AMG. “Pure front-wheel drive I would be extremely sceptical of from a performance point of view,” Kallenius said.
When the A25 AMG arrives, it will likely look close to the original A-Class concept, which adds some extra curving body lines and ground effects kit to make the car look the part of a turbocharged hot hatch. We may have already seen the A25 in this cyclists video, although we can’t be to sure.
America has missed out on some nice Euro cars in the past, but the A25 AMG should be making its way to the US, based on the fact that Mercedes has confirmed that the A-Class will definitely by sold here.
The new Mercedes-Benz A Class is set to be officially uncovered at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next week. Nevertheless, another photo has floated its way into our midst, this time from a Hungarian automotive website.
The back end on this A Class seems to be modified from what we would expect to see on a regular Mercedes-Benz. The tip off comes from the large-looks wheels, and the added bumper air vents. The styling in this photo looks to be the same as the A-Class styling we saw in the first unofficial A-Class shots, and may be the AMG variant, or just an aero package outfitted at the factory.
We can’t be sure if this is the AMG, but the news will be out soon enough when Mercedes shows us its new A-Class next week. Then again, considering current trends, the suspected AMG is missing the quad exhaust tips that most current AMGs have.
Interior shots of the A-Class were released by Mercedes as well, and show off the new infotainment setup and interior design.
Stay tuned to AutoGuide for live coverage from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Mercedes-Benz may have overestimated its latest commercial shoot’s seclusion and the public’s pension for sharing videos online.
A cyclist sporting a GoPro camera stumbled across a Mercedes-Benz video shoot and started recording right away. The shooter hit the jackpot by spying the all new Mercedes A-class without camouflage.
It looks as though the production A-class shed a few of the sporty features we saw on the concept in favor of a boxier more consumer friendly design. The car we see in the video has a body kit and large alloy wheels which would lead us to believe that it’s probably the AMG sports package.
Watch the video after the jump and tell us what you think of the new A-class in the comments section below.
GALLERY: Mercedes A-Class Concept
Our intrepid spy photographers are at it again, catching the Mercedes-Benz A-Class undergoing winter testing in an undisclosed Northern country.
The new car looks to be a radical departure from past versions, ditching the goofy tall-wagon look for something much more akin to an Audi A3. This further differentiates it from the smaller, though visually similar B-Class, which will retain the “MPV” bodystyle so popular in Europe.
The A-Class will be powered by a range of small 4-cylinder engines, but we don’t have many specifics on technical details. Expect the car to bow at March’s Geneva Auto Show.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz A-Class
A while back we revealed that Infiniti‘s working on a new entry-level, FWD compact that would be based on Mercedes-Benz‘s A-Class platform. We now have news that Canadian-Austrian auto supplier Magna Steyr will be in charge of developing the entry-level model for Infiniti.
The final contract is expected to be agreed upon soon, allowing Magna to begin production at their factory in Graz, Austria starting in 2012. As we reported earlier, the new compact will be based on Mercedes-Benz’s MFA architecture which is seen in their A- and B-Class vehicles. Daimler will also be supplying preassembled complete parts to Infiniti.
According to sources, Infiniti’s new compact will be powered by Mercedes’s four- and six-cylinder powerplants, with diesel variants for the European market. The plan is to produce around 50,000 to 60,000 units a year in Graz, exporting them globally to compete against BMW‘s 1-Series and Audi‘s popular A3.
As mentioned earlier, Infiniti’s new FWD compact will be based on the Etherea Concept we saw at the Geneva Motor Show.
GALLERY: Infiniti Etherea Concept
[Source: Automotive News]
Despite a fairly decent reception from attendees at the 81st annual Geneva Motor Show last year, Infiniti has remained tight lipped about the chances of its Etherea concept (shown above) of entering production.
Instead, the automaker is saying that three possible designs are still in play for its new hatchback, with the winner to be announced next month, according to words uttered from a Dutch spokesman for the brand to local buff book publication Auto Week.
The car is yet another project that sees closer ties between Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz (the new G sedan and the diesel powered Euro spec M being others) and in fact, the little hatchback will share architecture with the next generation Mercedes A-Class.
As to whether it will share powertrains with the A-Class, that has yet to be determined (the Etherea concept sported a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder), though the unnamed spokesman for Infiniti did say that a Hybrid version is on the table, conceived as a competitor for the new Audi A3 Hybrid.
Look for a more finalized version of Infiniti’s new hatchback to make an appearance at next year’s Geneva show, once the actual design direction for the car has been chosen.
[Source: Left Lane News]
Infiniti‘s Etherea Concept, shown off earlier this year at Geneva, may become a reality thanks to its partnership with Mercedes-Benz. Car and Driver has reports that Infiniti will be using Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class platform to build their own entry-level luxury hatchback, leading to speculation that a production model based on the Etherea Concept is on Infiniti’s to-do list.
But with access to both Nissan and Renault parts, why would Infiniti want to turn to Mercedes? An Infiniti exec spoke about how the new model would be all about luxury, requiring better torsional rigidity, and much better NVH than you would put into a mass brand.
Infiniti won’t just be borrowing and simply using the A-Class platform though, their engineers will be working on setting it apart from the Mercedes. When we’ll actually see this new model is an unknown, but Infiniti could definitely use a little spice and excitement next year.
GALLERY: Infiniti Etherea Concept
You won’t have to squint that hard, however, as most of the elements made it through production: the forward-leaning grille, the low greenhouse, and the pseudo-Nike-swoosh down its flanks. The overall look has been rendered less swoopy and more production-friendly, including the turbine-look wheels replaced for big, clunky split-spokes. The A-Class will make it to America in sedan and five-door models, while the rest of the world gets a three-door hatchback as well.
[Source: The Torque Report]
Mercedes-Benz will launch a new front-drive model for the United States market, aimed at capturing sales from a younger demographic, as the company seeks to stay competitive with rivals BMW and Audi.
A coupe and SUV have been confirmed for an expected 2013 launch, while a third variant is under considering. Mercedes is evaluating both a convertible and a shooting brake – a body style similar to the recently unveiled Ferrari FF – as possible candidates. The coupe model has been described as a close styling relative to the Mercedes-Benz CLS, while the SUV will do battle with the BMW X1 and upcoming Audi Q3.
The A-Class and B-Class compact hatchbacks (seen above) will also be built on the same architecture, but so far there are no plans to sell either in the United States, though Canada will almost certainly continue to get the B-Class, which is currently sold in that market.
[Source: Automotive News]
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled their A-Class E-Cell electric car, with an extremely limited production run of 500 units. Available only to customers in Germany, France and the Netherlands, buyers will be able to lease the cars only, but terms have not been disclosed.
While the gasoline powered A-Class has always been a bit of a slowpoke, the electric version will hit 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, giving it straightline acceleration on par with some high-end sports cars. The electric motor itself is good for 95 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque, with a 124 mile range and a 93 mph top speed.
Hit the jump to read the official press release
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell
Mercedes-Benz’s ungainly A-Class hatchback is known for its tall, Smart-car-on-steroids profile and its legendary failing of the “elk test“. While the current car is fairly successful in Europe, the new car is set to take a totally different direction, resembling a sportier 3-door hatchback and taking aim at the BMW 1-Series, Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf, the king of the hatchback market.
Auto Express is reporting that the A-Class will be joined by a B-Class model that will resemble the traditional “tall hatchback” shape, as well as a small crossover designed to go up against the BMW X1. With an average customer age of 55 in Germany and 45 in the United States, Mercedes is hoping to add some youth to their demographic, without cheapening the premium brand image.
[Source: Auto Express]