Check out the euro Mazda3 link BONER
The USA version link WHAT THE f***KKKK!?
So what's the deal? Do you think the automotive industry is playing some joke on us Americans? Why is it every car takes a drop off the styling cliff in order to be available here? It's f***ing LAME! What the hell!? f*** you Mazda! f*** you in your ass! Even Fords look great in Europe.. and they have diesel engines!
- Americans are getting the shaft
- Americans are not getting the shaft
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Many smaller cars are designed IN and FOR the European market, because small cars are the mainstream cars there. And often, that same car will eventually be offered in the US in a re-skinned form.
Example: the current US Ford Focus is essentially the same as the Euro Focus was 2 generations ago. The tooling to make the Euro Focus was moved to the US once the Euro run of that generation was completed. The outer skin was updated and certain things added due to US requirements (5 MPH bumpers, for example), but it's the same car that you could buy in Europe 10 years ago.
And Mazda is, of course, joined at the hip to Ford.
But on the other hand, mid-size and full-size cars, and nearly all trucks, always appear in the US first, and are only later available, if ever, in other parts of the world. I have an old 1990 Toyota 4x4 pickup, which was discontinued in 1995 when the first Tacoma was released. The frame and most of the mechanicals from my model have been used for the 97 and later Toyota HiLux pickup sold all over the world.