When you arrive in the United States, you are surprised to see the huge 4X4s or pickups on every street corner.
In addition, depending on the region, one can have the opportunity to see all kinds of motorbikes, very sophisticated and fully equipped like the Harley Davidson (in Daytona Beach, Florida, it is common to come across custom bikes in all colors).
The French cars
the majority of vehicles in France are small, old, and neglected. The Frenchman, will not change his car if it does not have a major problem with its engine. As long as the vehicle works and allows him to go from point A to point B, he will keep it.
You can see on the french highways many old vehicles, such as the Peugeot 205 very well maintained with its original parts.
If I tell you about my mother’s car, the Americans would have laughed at her. The model was the famous Peugeot 205 that I am talking about, it dated back to 1983, it was over 37 years old.
And yet I went to school with it every morning. It was more than an hour’s drive from my home. You can understand my amazement at the high-end pickups and huge wheels. My travel to the United States makes me realize that we French are not at all modern.
The American cars
It would be a lie if I told you that vehicles in the United States are all the same. There are old cars, but the average age of a vehicle on American highways and roads is 11 years. Americans are not supposed to drive old cars.
Since the 1920s with the Ford T, having a car has become an essential criterion for social success and social integration. Everyone in the United States, regardless of social class, has a vehicle. It’s a major element in getting around.
American culture has been defined from the 1920s to today with a desire to consume. The automobile industry generates 75 billion dollars in the United States. It is second on the world market for sales and production of vehicles (with a production of 17.2 million units in 2018).
All American vehicles have many comfort options as they travel a lot of kilometers on the highways. The cup holder at the front and rear is an element that will be found in the majority of cars. Whereas in France, it is considered an accessory or option on a vehicle. The license plates are square and fancy with the inscription of the city where it was installed. The American configurations have red turn signals. While in Europe they are orange.
Car models have different names in different countries
Changing a car’s appearance too drastically can frighten or confuse buyers. However, a change is sometimes made to attract different consumers around the world.
The Toyota Corolla has long been one of the most popular small cars. However, when it was considered old-fashioned Toyota to give it a new name. In 2006, it was launched as “Auris” in the United Kingdom.
Toyota made this change to reflect the image of a classy and modern car. This worked as sales increased.
Renault, in Japan, is not called “Clio”. In Japan, all Renault Clios are sold under the name “Lutecia” because Honda owns this model.
One of the most popular cars ever built is the Volkswagen Golf. In the United States, it is called the Volkswagen Rabbit. In Mexico, it was called Caribe and in South Africa, it was called Citi Golf from 1984 to 2009.
In general, there are many differences between European and American cars. Dealers in different countries adapt to the needs of the consumer. However, sometimes the model you are looking for exists, it is called differently.