Denied! Five cars Canadians can’t buy
Automakers have a habit of denying Canadians some of their most fun-to-drive offerings. Unfortunately, the world’s automakers believe if the Americans don’t like a car, then the Canadians wouldn’t like it either. This is so unbelievably wrong. Our tastes are much more European than the Americans, so automakers, please take note and send these gems over to our shores.
We know it costs a lot for automakers to bring low-volume cars to Canada to meet our strict regulations and such, but indulge us Canadian gearheads once in a while, won’t you please? Volkswagen Scirocco R and GTS I’ve never hated Volkswagen until I discovered it’s not bringing the Scirocco R into Canada. What a tease. Why is it we still get the Eos, when the last time the Scirocco landed on our shores was 1989? With its muscular stance and big rear haunches, this Volkswagen “makes the GTI look like a shoebox,” Driving’s Brendan McAleer wrote recently.
The hot two-door, four-seat, frontwheel-drive hatch is powered by Volk- swagen’s ubiquitous 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder and pushes 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Let’s all collectively shake our heads at VW for not sharing the Scirocco, in any form, with us. Audi RS 6 Avant It may be auto journalists are the only people who want wagons, but we can’t help but think how practical and awesome the Audi RS 6 Avant would be on our roads. It has all the power of a supercar with exponentially more practicality, so you can haul the kids to hockey faster than all the other parents on the block — and do so while in the middle of a snowstorm.
I never thought I’d describe a wagon as sexy, but, damn, RS 6. Damn. (I’m not even going to get into how annoyed I am that we won’t get the Mazda6 diesel wagon, the Ford Fusion wagon and the Audi S3 hatch in Canada.) Alfa Romeo Giulietta Although Alfa Romeo was nice enough to bring the magnificent 4C onto our shores (not yet, though, we’re still waiting on that promise), we can’t help but think how much we would like its more affordable Giulietta sibling. With that classic Alfa grille on a prac- tical hatchback body, the 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder fits our tastes exactly. And you can get it with a 170hp 2.0L turbodiesel? Please? Honda Civic Type R Although it hasn’t been released to the rest of the world yet, the upcoming 2015 Honda Civic Type R has already been slated as a European-only model. Rats. Powered by a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder, Honda is predicting the pocket rocket will output 275 horsepower. “Honda confirmed ambitions for the Civic Type R to become the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the infamous Nürburgring circuit in Germany,” the automaker said in a news release. We want.
Here’s what our own Graeme Fletcher said after driving one: “It MUST come to Canada. Ford Focus ST? VW Golf GTI? The Civic Type R will show both a clean set of wheels.” Renault Mégane Renaultsport We don’t get Renaults at all in Canada, but this here is one we’d like to see right away from the French automaker. The Renault Mégane Renaultsport is just what we like: A hot hatch with hot looks to match. It looks really sporty and ultra-aggressive. And it pushes 222 horsepower. And 265 lb.-ft. of torque. And 90 per cent of that power is available from 2,000 r.p.m. all the way to redline. And that’s with the 2.0L turbo four-cylinder! (There’s also a race-bred 3.6L V6 available.)
The Renault Mégane Renaultsport is also only available as a six-speed manual, which is great news because it weeds out the, ahem, amateurs who can’t drive stick. Renault, s’il vous plait! Je t’en supplie!
Volkswagen Scirocco R
Renault Mégane Renaultsport