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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:

The Renault Caravelle

The French automotive manufacturer Renault is one of the longest standing companies of its kind still standing, having been founded all the way back in 1899 by the Renault brothers Louis, Marcel, and Fernand. The company was engaged in one of the first major partnerships between a U.S. based automaker and a foreign one when they worked in conjunction with Nash-Rambler in the early 1960s and that partnership continued after Nash evolved into American Motors. These days Renault is allied with Nissan and does most of its business across the pond in Europe.