Interesting title, huh!? Bet that got your attention pretty quick, didn’t it? Suddenly, the words, “car shipping” comes to mind. Well, we’re going to have some fun on this one—we’re going to mix things up with the automobiles we’ll be discussing today. We’ll talk about a European classic, a popular SUV, an Audi hatchback, a family car that has spunk, and the last one is a surprise! Don’t go anywhere; you don’t want to miss this exciting read!
The Classic: Alfa Romeo Giulietta:
Now when you hear Alfa Romeo, you usually start thinking about high-end “Supercars” going 0 to 100mph in less than 10 seconds, right? Well, at least you should. This century-old Italian auto manufacturer didn’t start out building speed-record-breaking supercars. In 1954, Alfa Romeo unveiled the Giulietta at the Turin Motor Show, and began a production life that would span 11 years. The Giulietta was designed by Franco Scaglione and came available as a 1.3L, DOHC 4 or 5-speed manual. At 6300rpms, the Giulietta put out a whopping 80hp for a top speed of. . .are you ready?—88mph! Fortunately, for Alfa Romeo, they have reinvented the Giulietta and the 2010 model, which debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, has not disappointed, but I’m not going to spoil it by giving you all the info, you gotta do that yourself. There’s also rumored to be a 2014 model, however, finding detailed info on it, seems quite difficult—nonetheless, sadly to say, none of these models are available in the U.S, but if you’re a collector and you have the funds—you always have the car shipping option, just a thought.
Family Spunk: BMW 5 Series F11 Touring (wagon):
Personally, if I was going to have a car shipped; it would definitely be a BMW. Okay, I know what you’re thinking—you can buy BMW 5 Series in the United States, right?—wrong! Only the BMW 5 Series Gran Tourismo is available in the United States—not the 5 Series F11 Touring. BMW hasn’t made a Touring Series available to the U.S. since the 3 Series Sports Wagon. The 5 Series Touring is not your grandma and grandpa’s old, 1970 wood-trimmed station wagon—this baby has spunk, remember!? A sleek, elegant and sporty design, twin-turbo V8 engine, and approximately 450lb-ft of torque! It has a 560 liter trunk that easily expands to over 1600 liters with the push of a button, and built-in TVs in the back of the driver and passenger seats. The BMW 5 Series Touring comes available as an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual—but not to U.S. markets! Sorry!
The Hunchback of Audi: The Audi A1:
If you thought Audi only manufactured luxury sedans—think again. In 2010 Audi introduced their “Supermini”, the Audi A1 at the famed Geneva Motor Show. The A1 was launched off the Volkswagon platform and comes available as a 3 or 5-door hatchback, and as a 5, 6, or 7-speed manual with engine sizes ranging from; 1.2L, 1.4L, and 1.6L and 2.0L diesel. Don’t let this little 4-cylinder supermini fool you because those 4-cylinders are turbocharged, and the A1 has an astonishing 48mpg to 74mpg fuel range, as well as the “cylinder-on-demand” feature which contributes to its fuel capabilities. Unfortunately, you won’t be seeing the A1 at any local dealers, because it’s not available in the United States, nonetheless, it seems that checking into car shipping rates for the A1 just may be worth it.
The British Beast: Land Rover Defender:
Remember the Land Rover Defender? Think for a second because the United States hasn’t seen one since 1997, but they are unquestionably still in production today—just not in the U.S. The Defender first rolled off assembly lines in 1983 and is scheduled to be in production until the end of 2015. The original Land Rover Defender 110, named for its 110-inch wheelbase, had a 2.5L, 3.5L V8, or optional 2.5L turbo-diesel, front-mounted engine, and 4WD capabilities. You may have to pay a little more if you’re considering car shipping on the Land Rover Defender, but if you’re in need of a sturdy “workhorse”, it may be the way to go. The body style ranges from 2 to 5-door, the original leaf springs were swapped out for coil springs for improved suspension, some models are equipped with trailer hitches and this puppy redefines, “off road”.
The Surprise: The 2013 Ford Ranger:
I told you I had a surprise, didn’t I!? Didn’t expect to see an American automobile on a list of cars that you can only buy in Europe and not the U.S., did you? I had to do a little digging to find this one. The United States stopped its production of the Ford Ranger at the end of 2011, but according to Edmunds.com, the newer 2013 Ford Ranger is available everywhere else in the world—except the U.S., and the 2014 model may already be in production. Who knew, right? Can you imagine that?—having to have an American car shipped to America!?