Would the AMC Eagle have been a good fit for the rest of the world?
So, we wondered what American cars should have been given a global release? What American triumphs should drivers all around the world could have had a chance to experience?
To find out, we turned to you and asked what American car should the rest of the world have got? From pickup trucks to Pontiacs, these are some of the best responses we received.
“I’m thinking what would actually be reasonable to drive in Europe, not some giant pickup or gas guzzling land barge.
“The vehicle that comes to mind is the Fiero. Other than the heavy clutch, it was a pretty good driving car for European conditions. Sure, there was a lot of things Pontiac should have done better, but it would have been a good car for European roads.”
Pontiac made more than 370,000 Fieros over its five-year lifespan. Imagine how many more the automaker could have built if it offered the outside the U.S.?
Suggested by: yeardley68
“Given how many American minivans are imported to Poland, I doubt that Chrysler, Toyota or Honda would have made a bad decision by exporting the Pacifica, Sienna or Odyssey.”
American automakers should ride the minivan hype wave and ship their people carriers all over the world. Let’s make the minivan great again.
Suggested by: Jakub Gurba (Facebook)
Saturn S Series
“The Saturn S-Series.
“Small enough to fit on small roads and there was even a right hand drive version.”
While the S-Series did make it into Taiwan and Japan for a few years, this poster thinks it should have been given a wider global release. What do you think?
Suggested by: thedriveress
“It looks like it was available (and built!) in Iran, but it’s not clear it was ever really offered seriously anywhere else. Still, the original Cadillac Seville was by most accounts, one of the most serious attempts the Big 3 had done at downsizing up to that point.
“Admittedly, ‘downsized’ has to be taken lightly (it’s about the same size as a W116), but still, a reasonably proper Cadillac built to the size of international luxury cars could have likely found at least a small market.”
They should have at least sold the Seville in Seville. That’s only polite.
Suggested by: maymar
Buick Grand National
“Easy. Buick Grand National. Turbocharged six cylinder and a great body style that looked both po-dunk and gangster.”
Sure, the base Buick Regal might have made it to China, but the Grand National was a strictly America affair. And that seems unfair, as its angular styling and straight six engine would have gone down well all over the place.
Suggested by: Jackson Solsma (Facebook)
Lincoln Continental MK5
“Pulling up to Buckingham Palace in a Lincoln Mark V would have cemented the United States as a global leader for the next thousand years.”
The U.S. should have put its best, most luxurious, foot forward and shipped the Continental around the world
Suggested by: 900turbo
“The world needed Edsel. Not because anybody would have bought it, but given the scope of Edsel’s failure in the U.S., it would have been positively EPIC to see that failure be a worldwide event.”
I mean, that’s one reason to want to see a car go global.
Suggested by: sidbridge
“Buick Roadmaster Estate. Imagine driving down the Autobahn with it in a plush and comfy interior.”
I too wish this car had been sold in Europe. It would have been lovely.
Suggested by: @RaphaelChapman2 (Twitter)
Dodge Neon SRT-4
“I was thinking the entire SRT line-up, because the only one that possibly has been sold in early every country has to be the SRT Grand Cherokee, but if I had to choose one, why not the Neon SRT-4?
“Everyone knows the American Hemi’s and Vipers.
“But I don’t think the Neon SRT-4 ever left North America.
“People really should’ve seen what Chrysler can do when they aren’t working on doing things as cheaply as possible.”
More drivers around the world should get to try Dodge’s SRT offering, specifically in the sub-compact car form that is the Neon.
Suggested by: turnworld
“The AMC Eagle. It came too soon for America, but I bet it would have sold well in the UK and Europe. A lifted wagon? Perfect for England’s rutted roads, it would have competed well against Range Rover.”
So what you’re saying is that cars ahead of their time in America would have sold well in the rest of the world? Should the Aztek be given another shot of life outside America too?
Suggested by: skeffles
“Hellcats. Let’s just embrace the brashness and excess that we’re known for. Do what version Porsche does with special-order American delivery before the cars get put on a boat for their destination country.”
Because the whole world needs more unnecessary, over-powered, inefficient behemoths, and not just the land of the free.
Suggested by: Alan Lee (Facebook)
“1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz.
“Imagine a fleet of these rolling through Red Square in 1959.
“Khruschev would have surrendered immediately after seeing that what ridiculous lengths we Americans are willing to go to in order to one-up everyone else.
More cars around the world should have had fins, that would have been great.
Suggested by: earthbound-misfit-i
“The rest of the world gets the good stuff we just have big stupid stupidly big trucks. So, a big stupid stupidly big truck? Still not sure why we can’t have the plethora of well packaged less expensive vans and people haulers other countries get. You have to spend some serious money to drive around a large family in the U.S.”
Big stupid stupidly trucks, America’s greatest contribution to the automotive world.
Suggested by: Jake Hornbarger (Facebook)
Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
“Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.”
Novelty marketing cars in general should have been a thing around the world, that would have been good.
Suggested by: greenpig
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