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Drew Dowdell

Car Spotting - European Edition

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Yeah, it's a month late, but here we go:

Ford Focus Cabrio, this was my friends' wedding limo.

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Opel Astra Twintop

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Chevy Alero

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Fiat has a deal with Chrysler to take excess parts inventory..

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Not to be outdone, Mercury is in a parts sharing program with Seat

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Citroen C4 - Hot little hatch... should be sold here.

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Saturn Aura Combi..... no... wait...

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Opel Astra <Maxx>

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Sexiest wagon EVAR, Alfa 159

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Alfa 159 Sedan

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Tiny correction (forgive me for being so picky): the <maxx> is in fact a 5-door Astra :AH-HA_wink:

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Tiny correction (forgive me for being so picky): the <maxx> is in fact a 5-door Astra :AH-HA_wink:

Actually, the "maxx" in fact a joke.

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Actually, the "maxx" in fact a joke.

:blush:

So, what's your impression of the Focus and Astra convertibles? Personally, I like the Astra more. The Focus' rear reminds me of a boat...

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I prefer the Astra also, however I think both would sell here really well. The Focus was a 2.0 litre turbodiesel that was as smooth or smoother than any 4-cylinder gasoline engine we have here. All that low end torque made it feel like a V6 around town. It also has a monochrome LCD NAV that was an interesting option inbetween full color nav and no nav at all.

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Citroen C4 - Hot little hatch... should be sold here.

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Eh.. It's not very attractive, if you ask me. As well, I can see where our Focus got its headlights.
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Eh.. It's not very attractive, if you ask me. As well, I can see where our Focus got its headlights.

I think it would be a good car for the bottom end of the Citroen lineup in the US. They need to bring over everything from the C4 up.

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Agreed that the 159 is the sexiest wagon evar, especially in black. In the spirit of this thread, here's the one I saw Salzburg...

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Absolute power, corrupting absolutely in Prague. Pilsner, too:

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If the 159 takes the title of sexiest wagon, the Renault Megane can be the funkiest. This one was in London. Me likey:

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A Ford Fiesta ST, also in London. It's very Germanic (the car, not the city).

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Hydrogen 7:

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Rare Focush shedan shomewhere in Holland. Looks like a Esh40:

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Very nice photos. It was interesting to see them. I liked the "Chevrolet " Alero. Thank you for the photos to share with others.

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A Ford Fiesta ST, also in London. It's very Germanic (the car, not the city).

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I think if Ford sold the current Fiesta here it could put some serious hurt on the Asians and the Aveo.

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Wow, soon as I saw the Focus sedan, I thought "Volvo S40", you can really see the sisterhood in that shot.
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Cool..cool... I miss Europe...I must get across the pond next year...been too long since I was last in Europe (3 years).

One of the sharpest wagons/wagon-like vehicles I remember from my '03 Italy trip was a black Opel Signum in traffic outside the Collesium in Rome....across the street from the Collesium was a dark blue Tahoe with a dark gray Trail Blazer parked behind it..they looked HUGE amidst typical compact European cars....

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Whoever has that Alero is seriously an awesome guy.

Definitely a pro-American car family there. It looks like they also have a late 88-93 Mustang LX 5.0 as well.

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Whoever has that Alero is seriously an awesome guy.

He's from Luxemburg. He also has a white early 90s Mustang LX convertible that is beat to hell. It was originally sold at Ocean Side Ford in Florida.

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Some more:

There were a bunch of these ugly little critters running around.

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Chevy Captiva... I've seen someone say it's bigger than the Vue. Looks the same to me.

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Volvo C30

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The elustive Peugoet 407s... I could never get a good shot of these cars but I think they are very attractive in person especially the coupes

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Now... Imagine Dodge continued selling the Colt Vista wagon in 2005.

Now... Imagine Dodge shared the platform with VW.

Now... Imagine VW had their way with it and put a turbo diesel and 6 speed manual in it.

You get a 2005 Volkwagen Touran.... the most strangely optioned car I've ever been in.

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It handles about as well as you'd expect a 2005 Dodge Colt Vista to handle. My German friend's reluctance to use the A/C was surpassed only by the climate control system's utter inability to carry out such a task once requested.

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The Touran was optioned thusly:

2 litre turbo diesel

6-speed manual

Power front windows

hand crank rear windows

dual zone automatic climate control

eletronic stability control

FM/CD, front speakers only

no cruise

Rear fog lights, no front fog lights

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I don't like the Touran either: did you get any shots of a Golf Plus? And I too like the 407, and Peugeots in general.

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Rare Focush shedan shomewhere in Holland. Looks like a Esh40:

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And you wonder why Ford NA is so in trouble... Ford: No, wait! People wanted the Escort, just like the Taurus!

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The Euro version needs to be here like yesterday.

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Wow it looks really good...easily the best looking subcompact if it were brought over here.

Lots of great photos guys...thanks for sharing!

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