The United States is often thought of as the premier automotive market in the world – with the “big three” automakers, the city of Detroit (aka ‘Motor City’), and legendary cars ranging from the Corvette to the Mustang. But the truth is that there are a number of really amazing cars that Americans aren’t able to get their hands on. Believe it or not, some cars are not available for sale in the U.S.A, due a number of different factors, including economics, environmental concerns, and/or safety issues. But whatever the reason, the following 10 cars are not available in the United States, despite the outcry from auto enthusiasts or collectors.
10. Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser has a sizable cult following among people who love sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Many truck enthusiasts also love the Land Cruiser. And in Asia, this vehicle is one of the top selling models manufactured by Toyota of Japan. Within the classic looking frame and rugged body is housed a 4.0-liter V-6 engine that provides plenty of pick-up and torque. The Land Cruiser also boasts four-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission. However, while it’s a hit in the Japanese market and beyond, you won’t find the Toyota Land Cruiser on American streets. That is because this vehicle’s airbags, ABS brakes, and headlights do not comply with U.S. roadway requirements. Until Toyota invests in making sure the Land Cruiser meets American road safety rules, it will be sold only in foreign markets.