2019 Audi A5 - back to the brand after 28 years
2017 Golf Alltrack SEL+Tech - Son #1. In a galaxy far, far away
2014 Dodge Durango Limited AWD - Wife's
2004 Acura TSX - Son #2. The sax-mobile
1967 Chevrolet Corvette - I promise to get this car back on the road in 2018....
You should be able to import any car you choose as long as your bumper height is below the legal limit. (I mean come on, for the number of personally imported cars out there...)
I find it weird af how one can't simply import a Focus ST wagon if they choose to.
...unless you pay to crash-test, emissions test and apply a very thick book of motor vehicle requirements?
edit: i think you're referring to a car which has an equivalency here, such as a Honda Accord sedan with a 2.0T. I think body and drivetrain need to be identical otherwise they need the crash and emissions approval on top of the thick book of requirements applied...in which case one would just get the Canadian/American one at the dealer for far cheaper.
Last edited by worth_fixing; 11-24-2019 at 10:03 AM.
See recent Doug demuro g wagon video where he bought and imported g500 convertible, which didn't have to be crashed tested etc. It was actually approved despite the fact that it did not conform the to substantially similar requirement.
If we go back to previous pages where I discussed self certification, that's all the importedr did. They said this vehicle has xyz we'll fix abc before releasing it and they said ok.
Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B), a motor vehicle that was not originally manufactured to conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards may also be granted admission into the United States, even if there is no substantially similar motor vehicle of the same model year originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States, if the safety features of the vehicle comply with or are capable of being altered to comply with those standards based on destructive test information or other evidence that NHTSA decides is adequate
I even coded Dynamic Light Assist on my Arteon which is like a pseudo matrix lighting system in which the main beams move around and can independently turn on their high beam to extend around traffic unlike the from-the-factory "light assist" which just turns on/off both high beams, like every other car on the market. See the video below (starts at 1:50):