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BMW X1 plug-in hybrid SUV for China only, not North America

BMW X1 plug-in hybrid SUV for China only, not North America

BMW is making another addition to its growing roster of plug-in hybrids, but this one won't be sold in the U.S. Unveiled at the 2016 Chengdu Motor Show last week, the BMW X1 xDrive25Le i Performance is destined to China only. It's based on a long-wheelbase version of the second-generation BMW X1... read more

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Honda BR-V prototype, 2015 Indonesian Auto Show

Honda BR-V: Smallest SUV Yet, But Not For North America: Forbidden Fruit

The Honda Pilot is the Japanese carmaker's largest crossover, and the only one currently sold in the U.S. with seven seats. But Honda recently unveiled something with a same... read more August 27, 2015 by

Toyota Sienta

Toyota Sienta Hybrid MPV (Small Minivan): Forbidden Fruit Or Bizarre Oddity?

Toyota recently introduced a new minivan, and it's like nothing sold in the U.S. Buyers on this side of the Pacific are familiar with the rather large Sienna. But this is the... read more July 14, 2015 by

2016 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid (model sold in Japan)

Nissan Rogue Hybrid Launched In Japan, U.S. Sales Uncertain

More than four years after launching its Leaf electric car, Nissan is by far the leading maker of electric vehicles globally. In hybrids, however, it was late to the game and... read more April 8, 2015 by

2015 Kia Rondo [Canadian-spec]

Canadian Club: The Small Cars That U.S. Buyers Can’t Have

Canada is bigger than the U.S.; the distances are equally vast; and there’s way more land area per person. And yet Canadians tend to buy smaller cars. Why is this? The... read more March 24, 2015 by

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3 Gets Only A Diesel Engine In Japan (Forbidden Fruit)

While U.S. buyers continue waiting for a promised diesel version of the Mazda 6 sedan, Mazda is set to unveil another diesel model for other markets. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is... read more March 4, 2015 by

Renault Kangoo Z.E. electric pickup truck by Kollé

First Electric Pickup Truck: Renault Kangoo ZE Not For U.S. (Forbidden Fruit)

The field of electric cars is gradually growing more diverse, but so far no automaker has built an electric pickup truck and put it on sale. Now there is one, although it... read more February 25, 2015 by

Toyota Esquire

Forbidden Fruit: Toyota Esquire Hybrid Luxury Minivan

Car enthusiasts often pine after vehicles sold in other markets, but this "forbidden" fruit rarely comes in the form of a minivan. The new Toyota Esquire is certainly not... read more October 31, 2014 by

Toyota i-Road electric urban mobility vehicle

Toyota i-Road Electric City Car: Here's How It Leans

Toyota might not be planning to invest in a mainstream electric vehicle for the U.S. anytime soon, but now, globally, it has this oddity: the i-Road. As we caught last month... read more October 29, 2014 by

2015 Nissan Pulsar

New Nissan Pulsar Compact Hatch Rivals VW Golf, But No U.S. Sales Planned

Back in the 1980s, Nissan attached the name Pulsar NX to an unusual compact coupe that could be converted into a hatchback with removable panels. Now, Nissan is using the... read more September 22, 2014 by

Ford Fiesta Red and Black 1.0 Ecoboost

Ford Fiesta 3-Cyl Boosted To 140 HP: Forbidden Fruit Quick Drive

At 123 horsepower, Ford's 1.0-liter Ecoboost Fiesta already develops an impressive output for its diminutive size. That it does so while delivering entertaining handling and... read more June 26, 2014 by

Toyota Aygo minicar European drive

Toyota Aygo Minicar Driven: Much-Improved Scion iQ Alternative U.S. Won't Get

The Scion iQ has not been a success story for Toyota's youth-orientated brand. In 2013, just 4,406 iQs found homes in the U.S. That's half as many as were sold in 2012... read more June 20, 2014 by

Volkswagen e-Up electric car with Douglas C54 transport plane at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport

Volkswagen e-Up: Driving VW's Smallest Electric Car (Forbidden Fruit)

Of the three plug-in VW cars we drove in Berlin this month, the one we liked best is the one we won't get in North America. The Volkswagen e-Up battery-electric minicar is a... read more March 28, 2014 by

Nissan Micra now available in Canada

Nissan Micra Minicar: Now Available In Canada, U.S. Still Denied

Compared to Europe and Asia, the U.S. market for subcompacts and minicars is tiny, with dozens of models available elsewhere that will never hit U.S. shores. One of those is... read more January 21, 2014 by

Volkswagen Tiguan TDI (European model), Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2013

Volkswagen Tiguan TDI: Forbidden Fruit Drive Report

It seems to be the season for diesel compact crossovers. Since September, we've driven the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC and the new 2014 Audi Q5 TDI. Now we've added... read more December 18, 2013 by

Volkswagen XL1 (European model), New York City, Dec 2013

Volkswagen XL1 138-MPG Diesel Plug-In Hybrid: Drive Report

We didn't expect the Volkswagen XL1 to be as much fun to drive as it is. Which makes it doubly a shame that Volkswagen won't be selling its radically efficient, two-seat... read more December 16, 2013 by


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