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Five Cars Americans Would Buy... But Can't

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Following a recent trip to the Frankfurt Auto Show, I couldn't help but ask myself: "Why can't we buy those cars here in the U.S.?"

In some cases, the answer is simple. If a given automaker isn't set up to do business in America, then it really has no way to sell those cars here. But even if a certain brand already sells cars in the U.S., that given model might not be appealing enough to justify offering it to American shoppers.

Determining what American buyers want is no easy task. Sometimes automakers get it wrong. Both the Mazda5 and Honda Fit were cars that many assumed would not sell well in the U.S., yet the Fit is now key to helping Honda sell 6 million cars globally, and the Mazda5 makes up roughly 5 percent of the brand's U.S. sales.

With that in mind, here are five cars I think Americans would buy if given the chance:

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