Other Japanese models (Pleo, Traviq, Sambar)

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jenna Olson, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. Jenna Olson

    Jenna Olson Guest

    Hello all-

    If you go to Subaru's Japanese website (www.subaru.co.jp), they show three
    other models that as far as I can tell have never seen the light of day in
    America, the Pleo, the Traviq, and the Sambar. Looking at the pictures, I
    can't figure out why they don't sell them...the Pleo seems like it'd be a
    much cheaper version of the Mini Cooper, the Sambar seems like it'd give the
    Ford Ranger pickup a run, and the Traviq would be good competition to any

    Any idea why these aren't available in the US?

    Just wondering,

    Jenna Olson, Jul 27, 2003
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  2. Jenna Olson

    Orienteer Guest

    The Traviq is in fact a GM Europe model (Opel/Vauxhall Zafira), but
    assembled in Thailand. GM owns 20% of Subaru. It is not AWD.
    Orienteer, Jul 28, 2003
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  3. Jenna Olson

    Brian Guest

    There are a whole bunch of different Japanese cars that would be really cool
    to have that will never make it over here. Mainly because there is no market
    for them or it is not worth spending the extra $ to make them left-hand
    drive, or pass North American emissions and crash tests. That or the
    production volume is too low.

    Brian, Jul 28, 2003
  4. It is not designed by Subaru. It's an Opel design built by GM Thailand and
    sold by Subaru in Japan.

    GM will soon sell the Subaru Forester in India as the Chevrolet Forester -
    there's a lot of transnational branding going on between GM and its
    Edward J. Neth, Jul 29, 2003
  5. And then there is the 2004 AWD Saab (another GM division) that is
    being built by Subaru.
    Victor Roberts, Jul 29, 2003
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    Anthony Guest

    Do you have a link for that?

    Anthony, Jul 30, 2003
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