Welcome to the first entry in a new series, Domestics Abroad. We’ll be taking a look at the international models proffered around the world thatÂ wear a domestic company’s badge on the grille but are not offered in their brands’ domestic markets. This isÂ ground zero for “you can’t get that here.” All nameplatesÂ you’ll see in this series are current production models.
We kick off the series with Ford, whichÂ has the largestÂ number of other-market vehicles than any other domestic manufacturer despite its “One Ford” mantra.
Proceeding in alphabetical order:
The European market receives the B-Max, which is a tiny minivan on the Fiesta platform. It has been on sale since 2012. Not bad!
Moving on to South America, you can find the Ford Cargo â€” a cab-over semi truck. Keen truck observers may already know Ford sold the CargoÂ in North America from 1986-1993, butÂ the company discontinued it here due to poor sales.
Here’s a piece of short-term forbidden fruit. Ford will introduce the subcompact EcoSport in the United States in 2018,Â but the companyÂ has sold itÂ in Brazil sinceÂ 2003. The current generation you see here has been around since 2012.
A familiar-but-deceased nameplate to Americans, much likeÂ TempoÂ andÂ Tracer, the Escort has been on sale in China since 2015. The Escort is classed asÂ a compact executive car in that market (whatever that means)Â andÂ positioned below the Focus. That’s interesting when you consider the Focus was a direct replacement for the deceased Escort.
Subject of some discussion on TTAC in past times, the Everest is a rear-wheel-drive SUV marketed by Ford in most other markets â€” but not North America. First based on the Mazda B-series pickup truck, it’s now based on the Ranger that we’llÂ soon see here.Â The Everest is surprisingly expensive, ranging from just over $39,000 USD in Australia for a base model, up to a heady $63,000 USD. Everest, indeed.
Europeans (and New Zealand) have a Focus Wagon to turn to when the regular Focus just isn’t large enough. North Americans had this option through just 2007. It’s not difficult to find a few enthusiastsÂ pining for this particular Focus solution. Note the example above is actually anÂ ST variant.
Most of you will recall the not-so-good Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vans as the last minivans on offer from the Blue Oval on our shores (salty shores, where rust happens!). Other countries presently have the Galaxy van. Ford developed the first-generation GalaxyÂ in conjunction with Volkswagen and SEAT as the Sharan and Alhambra,Â respectively. Two generations have debuted since then. The Galaxy is a big brother to the S-Max (below) and almost American-sized, but its lack of sliding doors might limit North American success were it to arrive here.
The Ford Ka is a perennial European subcompact favorite, on sale since the mid 1990s. The first one was odd looking (there was even a convertible, the StreetKa), but the current model forgoes those wacky styling tendencies and adopts a Fiesta look. India and Mexico get this model as the Figo.
Now we all know Ford sells the MondeoÂ here as the Fusion, and before that it sold the same car as the Contour and Mystique. But for modernÂ reasons (CUV-shaped ones), there are two Mondeo formats we do not get here: the wagon and the liftback. The wagon is shown above, teasing you mercilessly in pewter metallic. Your local Ford dealer asks you to come in and check out the Edge.
The North American Ranger was not the same as the international ranger, seen above in modern quad cab guise. Many people (and stores like NAPA Auto Parts) lamentedÂ when the Ranger leftÂ our shores after the 2011 model year. The truck you see here will be the basis for the return of the Ranger to North America in 2019, soon followed by a newÂ Bronco in 2020.
AsÂ I mentioned above, the S-Max is the smaller sister of the Galaxy model â€” a smaller van. In typical European option fashion, gasoline or diesel is available, in manual or automatic guise, with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
While our unpopular (D3 platform) Taurus would seem to be tottering toward the end of its life, China already gets a next-generation model based on the CD4 platform. That’s the very same platform you findÂ underneath the Lincoln Continental. Currently, Ford only produces and sells the CD4 Taurus in China â€” and no matter where it goes from there, North America won’tÂ be gettingÂ it.
Bringing up the rear (alphabetically speaking), there’s another little European van we here in North America don’t receive. It’s called the Tourneo Courier, and it shares a platform with the B-Max, Ka, Fiesta, and EcoSport. To borrow a phrase from Jerry Seinfeld, it’s a stylish European Carryall, and smaller than the smallest Transit we get here.