|Quote, originally posted by Loke »|
Living in Phoenix I sometimes see Mexicans driving Euro models such as the Lupo. I don't know if VW imports them or if the consumers take advantage of lax laws to bring them over. I'm sure you could smuggle something in from Mexico.
The reason why you see those cars there is because Volkswagen de Mexico offers the Lupo and the Polo for sale there (among others such as the Pointer, the Derby, SportVan, CrossFox, Sharan, and the Eurovan Diesel).
You could certainly drive to Mexico and buy a car there. Good luck with the bureaucratic process of legalizing the vehicle in the US though.
As far as the differences between GTIs in Euro or NA spec, the differences are mostly cosmetic for the exception of the DSG program. VWVortex Staff that has testdriven both Euro and NA units state that the Euro DSG Sport programming is a little more agressive.
Other than that, the differences are more than anything relating to package options and individual options that are not available in Northamerica.
Exterior differences are only the side bumper markers and the springs.