I was thinking the same thing. In 2013 Cadillac sold a whopping 7 new cars in the Netherlands. 7 thousand? No, the single digit 7. That's less than brands like Ssangyong, Fisker, Ferrari, Bentley and even Infiniti. I can't find details for 2014 as the number is too insignificant. The reason why is obvious; the brand… » 9/02/14 6:30pm Today 6:30pm

I was referencing the class of cars as Americans define them. The Corolla, like the Auris or a Ford Focus, is a compact to them. The recent Corolla is a sedan, hence a 'compact sedan'. Just like a Jetta is a compact sedan from that perspective. In Western Europe hardly anybody buys a sedan in that segment. Jetta,… » 9/02/14 8:33am Today 8:33am

I considered doing the same for my old mk2 Golf, which then was over two decades and had almost 300k km on it. As the head gasket started to leak somewhat the head needed to come off anyway, so I got a hotter camshaft from a Polo GT. I never got around to it, as I parked the car in a shed and bought a Peugeot. It's… » 9/01/14 1:43pm Yesterday 1:43pm

Well, for one, you'll have to consider yourself French first. Don't get me wrong, many immigrants with an Islamic background do identify themselves as French (or German, or Dutch, or ...) and do participate in society. Those people are French (or German, or ...). However, there's a small but not insignificant minority… » 9/01/14 5:56am Yesterday 5:56am

$16k? I paid about €1900 a year when I was working on my Bachelors and later my Masters I believe. I also got €260 a month from the government, as did everyone else who ticked a few boxes (higher education under the age of 30 (I think), living outside of the family home, making actual academic progress). PhD… » 8/31/14 6:23pm Sunday 6:23pm

In (Western) continental Europe I'm seeing VW, Mercedes, Fiat/Iveco and Renault based vans and pickups mostly, Japanese or UK work vehicles aren't that common. American pickups have been trickling in recently, but they're still a rare sight. For the reasons you mentioned. In my observation they're either used for… » 8/31/14 4:35pm Sunday 4:35pm