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If the Canadian Buick Allure looks familiar, that's because it is identical to the US-market Buick LaCrosse in virtually every way -- except, of course, for the name. 02 of 42 Buick Excelle American cars you can't buy in America Buick Excelle. Image © General Motors Like the Chevrolet Optra, the Buick Excelle -- sold exclusively in China -- is based on a Daewoo design. Buick also offers Chinese buyers a hatchback version called the Excelle HRV. 03 of 42 Buick Park Avenue American cars you can't buy in America Buick Park Avenue. Image © General Motors Though the Park Avenue is no longer sold in the States, in 2008 it took over from the Royaum as Buick's top-of-the-line car in China. The Chinese-market Park Avenue has nothing in common with the front-wheel-drive Park Avenue sold in the US; it's based on the Australian-designed rear-wheel-drive Holden Statesman. 04 of 42 Cadillac BLS sedan American cars you can't buy in America Cadillac BLS sedan. Image © General Motors Designed exclusively for Europe, the Cadillac BLS uses the same front-wheel-drive Epsilon platform as the Opel Vectra, Pontiac G6, Saturn Aura and Saab 9-3. 05 of 42 Cadillac BLS wagon American cars you can't buy in America Cadillac BLS wagon. Image © General Motors European buyers can also get a wagon version of the Cadillac BLS. Like the sedan, the BLS wagon offers a choice of diesel or gasoline engines. 06 of 42 Cadillac SLS American cars you can't buy in America Cadillac SLS. Image © General Motors The Cadillac SLS (Seville Luxury Sedan) is unique to the Chinese market; it is essentially a longer-wheelbase version of the Cadillac STS. 07 of 42 Chevrolet Astra (new) American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet New Astra. Image © General Motors The Chevrolet Astra is a rebadged version of the European-market Opel Astra sold in Mexico and Russia. The same car was sold in the US in the guise of the Saturn Astra. 08 of 42 Chevrolet Astra (old) America cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Old Astra. Image © General Motors While Mexico gets the latest version of the Astra, other Latin American markets make do with the previous version, also based on the European-market Opel of the same name. 09 of 42 Chevrolet Caprice American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Caprice. Image © General Motors The Chevrolet Caprice is the Middle Eastern version of the Australian-designed Holden Statesmen, a large rear-wheel-drive luxury car. 10 of 42 Chevrolet Captiva Chevrolet Captiva. Image © General Motors The Captiva is based on the same platform as other small General Motors CUVs such as the Pontiac Torrent, Chevrolet Equinox and Suzuki XL7, but while the Stateside versions use GM's 3.6 liter V6, the Captiva is powered by a 4-cylinder diesel or a smaller Australian-sourced gasoline V6. The Captiva can be found in Europe, Latin America, and Asia; it's sold in Australia and New Zealand as the Holden Captiva. 11 of 42 Chevrolet Celta/Prisma American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Celta/Prisma. Image © General Motors The Chevrolet Celta is a mini-hatchback built in Brazil for the Latin American market. The recently-introduced sedan version is known as the Prisma. 12 of 42 Chevrolet Corsa/Chevy American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Corsa/Chevy. Image © General Motors This subcompact hatchback is based on the European-market Opel Corsa. It's sold in most markets as the Chevrolet Corsa; in Mexico it's known simply as the Chevy. 13 of 42 Chevrolet Epica American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Epica. Image © General Motors The Chevrolet Epica was designed by Daewoo, GM's Korean subsidiary. The Epica is sold in Europe and the Middle East; GM markets the car in South Korea as the Daewoo Tosca. The previous version of the Epica, also known as the Daewoo Magnus was sold in the US as the Suzuki Verona. 14 of 42 Chevrolet Lumina Coupe American cars we can't buy in America Chevrolet Lumina Coupe. Image © General Motors The Chevrolet Lumina name is alive and well in the Middle East; it's a rebadged version of the V8-powered rear-drive Holden Monaro, which was sold in the US and Canada as the Pontiac GTO. GM also offers a sedan version, a rebadged Holden Commodore. 15 of 42 Chevrolet Meriva American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Meriva. Image © General Motors The Latin American-market Chevrolet Meriva is a rebadged version of a European-market Opel vehicle by the same name. Though designed in Europe, Merivas -- both Opel and Chevrolet versions -- are built in Brazil. 16 of 42 Chevrolet Montana/Tornado American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Montana/Tornado. Image © General Motors This small front-wheel-drive pickup truck, sold as the Tornado in Mexico and the Montana in other Latin American countries, is based on the subcompact Corsa. It's also sold in South Africa as the Opel Corsa Utility. 17 of 42 Chevrolet Omega American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Omega. Image © General Motors The Brazilian market Omega was originally based on a European Opel car by the same name; it later became a rebadged version of the Commodore from Holden, General Motors' Australian division, but retained the Omega name. The Chevrolet Omega has a V6 engine and rear-wheel-drive. 18 of 42 Chevrolet Optra Hatchback American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Optra Hatchback. Image © General Motors The Daewoo designed Chevrolet Optra can be found in markets around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, India and South Africa. Though known as the Optra in most markets, it's also known as the Chevrolet Nubira, Chevrolet Lacetti, and Daewoo Lacetti. China sells it as the Buick Excelle; here in the US it's sold as the Suzuki Reno. 19 of 42 Chevrolet Rezzo/Tacuma/Vivant American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Tacuma/Rezzo/Vivant. Image © General Motors This tiny Chevy is a subcompact family car with a tall roof. Like many other world-market Chevrolets, this car was designed in South Korea by Daewoo and is sold under that name in some markets. It's called the Chevrolet Rezzo or Tacuma in Europe and the Chevrolet Vivant in South Africa and Latin America. 20 of 42 Chevrolet Sail American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Sail. Image © General Motors The Chevrolet Sail, available as both a sedan and wagon, is sold in China; before 2005 it was sold there as the Buick Sail. The Chinese-assembled Sail is also exported to Chile, where it's sold as the Chevrolet Corsa Plus. 21 of 42 Chevrolet Spark American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Spark. Image © General Motors The Chevrolet Spark mini-car is based on the Korean-designed Daewoo Matiz; you'll find it in such far-flung places as South Africa, the Middle East, India, and Latin America. In China it's sold under the Wuling brand, a GM division that makes trucks and vans with names like Xingwang, Yangguang, Sunshine, and Little Tornado. 22 of 42 Chevrolet Vectra American cars you can't buy in America Chevrolet Vectra. Image © General Motors Essentially a European-market Opel Vectra sedan with Chevrolet badges, the Chevrolet Vectra is related, but not identical, to the Saturn Aura. The Vectra as seen here is sold in Mexico and Chile; Brazil also has a Vectra sedan but it's a unique car based on the Astra. 23 of 42 Ford C-MAX American cars you can't buy in America Ford C-MAX. Image © Ford The C-MAX is the smallest of Ford of Europe's MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle, a.k.a. minivan) lineup, the others being the Galaxy and the S-MAX. Based on the Ford Focus, the C-MAX was originally called the Focus C-MAX when introduced in 2003; Ford shortened the name for 2007. (The C-MAX has since come to the United States, but it hasn't sold very well.) 24 of 42 Ford Everest/Endeavour American cars you can't buy in America Ford Everest. Image © Ford This Asian-market SUV -- sold as the Endeavour in India and as the Everest everywhere else -- is based on the Ford Ranger pickup. No, not the Ranger sold in the US, but a Mazda-derived version also sold in Asia as well as Europe. The Everest/Endeavour has seven seats and offers a choice of gasoline or diesel four-cylinder engines. 25 of 42 Ford Fairlane American cars you can't buy in America Ford Fairlane. Image © Ford The Fairlane nameplate is a blast from the past for American drivers, but it's been a regular part of Ford's lineup in Australia and New Zealand since the 1960s. As with the old American Fairlane, the version from Down Under features rear-wheel-drive and six- or eight-cylinder power. 26 of 42 Ford Fiesta American cars you can't buy in America Ford Fiesta. Image © Ford Sold briefly in America during the late 70s, the subcompact Fiesta has been part of Ford's lineup in Europe and other parts of the world for over 30 years. 27 of 42 Ford Falcon American cars you can't buy in America Ford Falcon. Image © Ford Ford began importing right-hand-drive versions of the American Falcon to Australia and New Zealand in 1960, but Ford of Australia began modifying the car to suit home-market needs in 1964. The Falcon has been part of Ford of Australia's lineup ever since. Today's Falcon is a rear-drive car with optional V8 power. 28 of 42 Ford Focus American cars you can't buy in America Ford Euro Focus. Image © Ford Yes, Americans can buy a Ford Focus -- but not the version shown here, introduced in Europe, Australia, and several other markets in 2005. Note the sharper slope of the rear window and the heavily sculpted fenders. The most recent version of the Focus is nearly identical to the one sold in America. 29 of 42 Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet American cars you can't buy in America Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet. Image © Ford Along with the hatchback, wagon and sedan, the European-market Focus is sold as a retractable-hardtop convertible, along the lines of the Volkswagen Eos. 30 of 42 Ford Fusion American cars you can't buy in America Ford Euro Fusion. Image © Ford While Americans know the Fusion as a mid-size sedan, Ford of Europe puts the Fusion badge on this handsome crossover utility vehicle. 31 of 42 Ford Galaxy American cars you can't buy in America Ford Galaxy. Image © Ford Minivans with forward-hinged (as opposed to sliding) rear doors have never done well in the US, but in Europe, where Ford sells the Galaxy, it's a different story. The previous version of the Galaxy, designed in conjunction with Volkswagen (who marketed it as the Sharan), is currently sold in Latin America. 32 of 42 Ford Ikon American cars you can't buy in America Ford Ikon. Image © Ford The Ikon sedan is based on the European-designed Fiesta and is sold in several markets, including India, South Africa, China and Latin America. 33 of 42 Ford Ka American cars you can't buy in America Ford Ka. Image © Ford First introduced in Europe in 1996, the Ka was notable for its styling, radical even by European standards. The Ka continues to be sold in Europe and is also available in some parts of Latin America. 34 of 42 Ford Mondeo American cars you can't buy in America Ford Mondeo. Image © Ford The Mondeo was been Ford of Europe's mid-size sedan since the mid-90s, with the latest version introduced in 2007. (Ford tried selling the first-generation Mondeo in the US as the Contour, with limited success.) Though similar in size to the Ford Fusion and Mazda 6, the Mondeo did not share the CD3 platform that underpins those two cars. Today's Mondeo is nearly identical to the Fusion we get here. 35 of 42 Ford S-MAX American cars you can't buy in America Ford S-MAX. Image © Ford Based on the Mondeo, the Ford S-MAX is a mini-minivan in the same vein as the Mazda 5. Ford sells it in Europe and China. 36 of 42 Ford Territory American cars you can't buy in America Ford Territory. Image © Ford The Territory is a 5- or 7-seat crossover utility vehicle sold in Australia and New Zealand. Though similar in size and appearance to the US-market Freestyle, the Territory is a unique vehicle based on the Australian-market Ford Falcon. 37 of 42 Ford Tourneo Connect American cars you can't buy in America Ford Tourneo Connect. Image © Ford The Tourneo Connect is basically a passenger-carrying version of the Transit Connect. It is sold in Europe and competes against similar vehicles from Citroen, Peugeot, Renault and Fiat. 38 of 42 Ford Transit American cars you can't buy in America Ford Transit. Image © Ford The Transit is as familiar to Europeans as the Econoline/E-Series is to Americans. This European-designed working class hero comes as a van as well as a chassis cutaway which can be adapted to anything from an ambulance to a dump truck. The version shown here is the one sold in Continental Europe; the United Kingdom gets its own version with more conservative styling. The latest version of the Transit is now wold in the US. 39 of 42 Ford Transit Connect American cars you can't buy in America Ford Transit Connect. Image © Ford Small panel trucks are popular in Europe and other parts of the world; Ford's version is called the Transit Connect. For now sells the Transit Connect in America, and other automakers will be introducing their own small van. 40 of 42 Pontiac G3/Wave American cars you can't buy in America Pontiac G3/Wave. Image © General Motors Essentially a Pontiac-badged Chevrolet Aveo, this car is sold in Mexico as the Pontiac G3 and in Canada as the Pontiac Wave. 41 of 42 Pontiac G5 Pursuit American cars you can't buy in America Pontiac G5 Pursuit. Image © General Motors While Americans get the 2-door coupe version of the Pontiac G5, Canadians can buy a 4-door version called the G5 Pursuit, a near-twin of the Chevrolet Cobalt sedan. 42 of 42 Pontiac Matiz G2 American cars you can't buy in America Pontiac Matiz G2. Image © General Motors While the Daewoo Matiz is sold in several world markets as the Chevrolet Spark, only Mexico gets this Pontiac-badged version, called the Matiz G2.