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Why No French Cars in The US?

Why No French Cars in The US?

AMC EncoreThe United States welcomes foreign cars. On a daily drive, it is common to see cars made in Japan, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Great Britain, Sweden, Italy, and a few other companies. In the mid-20th century, it was common to see cars made in France, but those carmakers have not sold their wares in the US for several years. The French are known for their sophisticated taste and style, but in the mid-20th century, the cars that were delivered to the US were anything but stylish and sophisticated. These are a few of the stinkers that were once sold in the US, but were not popular choices:

AMC Alliance: The Car with an Appropriate Name

AMC Alliance: The Car with an Appropriate Name

Photo Courtesy of Curbside Classics

Photo Courtesy of Curbside Classics

In the 1980s, cars were going through an identity crisis. It may not have been evident during the time; but looking back, it is obvious that car makers were unsure of what consumers really wanted. Many of the cars were ugly to look at and were disappointing to drive. Chevy seemed to have many of the clunkers of the day, from the Chevy Cavalier, Chevette, and Citation, but other car makers had their own fair share.

Subcompact Car with Impressive Features

Motor Trend Car of the Year Winners of the 1980s

There is a certain mystique that goes along with being named the Motor Trend Car of the Year, and the prestigious award dates all the way back to 1949. This was the year that Motor Trend magazine was founded, and it has been in circulation every since, under the Peterson Publishing Company banner until 1998 when it was sold to EMAP, who sold it to Primedia three years later. Source Interlink is the current publisher of Motor Trend, and its readership reaches into the seven figures.