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Cool cars from Europe that you can't have
Car shows can be such a tease.

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The Geneva Motor Show is the most important international event in the automotive world, but Europe keeps many of the cars on display for itself. Here are a few that you might have to buy a plane ticket for a test drive.

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General Motors just inked an alliance with French automaker Peugeot, but it's new 208 supermini isn't part of the deal.

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Mercedes-Benz has plans to sell its B-Class compact here next year, but it's sure to keep the smaller front-wheel-drive A-Class introduced in Geneva closer to home.

Wait. What's that? It is bringing it to the U.S.? And with iPhone/Siri integration? Didn't see that coming.

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bmax

Moving further down the alphabet, Ford's C-Max hybrid and plug-in hybrid crossovers are heading to its U.S. dealerships next year, but the Fiesta-based B-Max and its sliding rear doors won't be making the trip.

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While we do get the standard version of the Fiesta, we won't have access to the Fiesta ST, a turbocharged 180 hp version that is about as hot as a little hatch gets.

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If you beg GM badly enough it may decide to sell the compact Astra from its German brand Opel as a Buick in the states. This 276 hp OPC version? Better turn on the tears.

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gcitgo

Czechoslovakia gets a version of the Volkswagen up! microcar via its Skoda brand, but we'll have to settle for the Tennessee-built full-size VW Passat.

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gyaris

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid gets 80 mpg in European fuel economy testing. We'll never know how it does on the EPA cycle because it won't be sold in the U.S.

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Cool cars from Europe that you can't have

Car shows can be such a tease.

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