Disclaimer: Yes I'm Canadian, but our cars are exactly the same as US cars minus some minor differences and the speedometers/climate displays
I mean America as an automotive market should be this incredible place where the latest automotive technology and style is present from automakers around the world. What do we get instead? Diluted crap in a package deal that is more or less "take it or leave it".
I mean setting aside preferences in vehicle types (as in, I understand why wagons don't sell as well as CUVs, etc), what the hell makes us so different in needs/wants than Europeans? Or Asians? Or Africans? Australians? Because they all have ROW vehicles that have every conceivable option available, yet here we are treated like a juvenile market where we let others decide for us.
Matrix dynamic LED headlamps? Whoa! Witchcraft! Stop and Go assist from Audi? Absolutely not! Digital side mirrors? Get out of here!
I've been following the LA Autoshow and have seen how the RS Q8 has a feature that can disable the engine entirely while coasting, that won't be made available in the US. The new A8's stop and go traffic assistant is also blocked. The new eTron coupe has an incredible new headlight technology that will inevitable also be made null for the US market in favour of static, basic adaptive lamps. These aren't even substantial hardware upgrades that cost a lot of money, just software crap purposefully blocked in our markets for the sake of conforming to some stupid laws that hardly ever change.
I'm not trolling, but I do wonder. Is it always going to be like this? Are we always going to celebrate little victories when a wagon makes it over here, or a diesel, or some form of technology that the rest of the world freely can enjoy while we make up baseless excuses why it's not needed?
Because frankly I've had enough