OK, I can maybe understand that American car makers thought there’s not much demand for small cars, and didn’t invest in developing them.
I suppose I can also understand that some small cars available overseas aren’t designed to meet US safety requirements.
But there are many small cars that are available in the US, but only with huge gas-guzzling engines. What the hell is the deal? Just sell me the same small car, with the same small engine you sell it with in Europe! Yes, it means providing repair/service support for one more engine, but surely there’s enough sales to justify that, especially with the high fuel cost?
Case in point: I love the look of the Volvo C30, and so does my wife, which never happens. I’d buy it in a heartbeat if they’d sell the 1.6-liter diesel version in the US. But no, the only engine available is the 2.5-liter turbo.
It’s even true for the Honda Fit. Yes, the US version is pretty fuel-efficient, but the base model sold in Japan - with 1.3 liter engine and CVT - is 50% more efficient than the US configuration (according to the specs on their Japanese web site). It’s a similar story for Smart Car!
I’m completely disgusted by this trend, and turned off of all new cars available today. I guess I’ll be keeping my 25-year old car for now, it gets 30 mpg city and nothing available new today is worth replacing it with.