Why is the selection of Volkswagen models in the states so limited compared to Volkswagen UK?
My guess is a larger market in EU. And the cost to get cars certified in the US and Canada make it more not worth it to bring in more than a few models.
exactly. jettas and passats sell in the US, golfs have never been a big seller, americans want trunks and bells and whistles and horsepower. a fox, lupo, or polo would just never sell here. i would give up major organs for a polo GTI, but it'll never happen. cutest thing EVAR.
fun fact: the MK2 was changed to the golf badge in north america because sales of the "rabbit" would not count toward total sales of the golf worldwide, and they wanted it to be the best selling car in history. that happened. so we got our rabbit badge back
also, americans have no freaking clue what "golf" means, and think tiger woods, not wind.
I am personally jealous of europeans. The automobile selection there is ridiculous and it makes me want to cross the pond more and more. My good friend is dying for a Lupo and when I told her they aren't able to be brought to the US, she seriously let out a couple tears. *sigh* I hate the american lust for large vehicles. SUVs are useless unless you actually need them to cross terrain. They make me sad
It's mostly regulations and restrictions on safety, emissions. I think it's the 'Big 3' lobbying the government to keep the USA different in these areas. Should Universal Car Standards apply - could you imagine seeing Renaults, Fiats, etc. on the roads? They would destroy Chevy and Ford*!
*However, Ford could then bring over their Euro-Focus and Mondeo (See Casino Royale). Which is still a huge rival of VW.
The only other car I've ever considered instead of the Rabbit was the Astra (A rebadged Opel [GM's German subsidiary] for Saturn).