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Old Yesterday, 05:11 PM   #1
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Coupe Utilities

Riddle me this: why aren't coupe utilities available in the US anymore? I'm in Mexico for the month and I've seen Chevrolet, Fiat, and VW coupe utilities everywhere. I looked online out of curiosity and these things can be had from 12.5k to 15.5k NEW, get up to 28 MPG, and haul 1,500 lbs. of cargo. I'd say that's a hell of a bargain. Can't tell if they're AWD or not.

I see VW also makes a full size quad cab which is nice. Ford Rangers still exist, too.

Why does the rest of the world get all the good stuff?!
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Old Yesterday, 05:30 PM   #2
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Taxes, tariffs, the EPA, safety standards, etc.
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Old Yesterday, 05:40 PM   #3
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Taxes, tariffs, the EPA, safety standards, etc.


Chicken tax, even Ford has to do some BS to get around it for some of their cars.

But beyond that for how many years have we (Americans) just wanted bigger, and bigger cars. The trend for smaller ones has only just started to pick up steam these last few years. Plus in general people like 4 over 2 doors so it's cheaper to just make a single model.
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Old Yesterday, 06:02 PM   #4
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Huh, just learned something. Never heard of the chicken tax before. Thanks.
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Old Yesterday, 06:47 PM   #5
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Yup, the Chicken Tax hits the Ford Transit Connect.
They are all made in Turkey as passenger vans. Back seats and windows.
They hit Stateside and the seats are removed, the glass windows replaced with steel panels, the the 'new' cargo van is shipped to your local dealer!

Subaru Brat got around it with those rearward facing seats bolted into the bed.
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Old Yesterday, 08:00 PM   #6
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Old Yesterday, 08:24 PM   #7
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Yup, the Chicken Tax hits the Ford Transit Connect.
They are all made in Turkey as passenger vans. Back seats and windows.
They hit Stateside and the seats are removed, the glass windows replaced with steel panels, the the 'new' cargo van is shipped to your local dealer!

Subaru Brat got around it with those rearward facing seats bolted into the bed.
All true, except that the 2nd gen (2013-) Transit Connect is made in Valencia, Spain.
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