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Old 02-24-2011, 01:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Good luck with this goal, despite the fact that they also sell the Yaris here, the EPA as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) likely won't allow you to import the eurospec model as the emissons are different enough as well as the occupant safety requirements. It would be easier to import the 1.3L engine and perform a swap if the area you lived in did not monitor emissions that closely, and require that all engines remain basically stock. The us spec Yaris has a 1.5L engine.
Yup; the laws are carefully designed to keep out most diesels and smaller, more efficient cars. It wouldn't do to have people making fewer trips to the pump, after all. What would the lobbyists say?

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Old 02-24-2011, 03:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Just read an article over on CleanMPG, talked about new container ship and price to ship 2200lbs of material over the big pond. Answer $600.00. (I image wholesale, perfered vendor price). But anyway, has anyone researched a method of purchasing a Europe spec'd vehicle (without tax) with a smaller engine and shipping here. I.E. how long would it take for me to if I bought the 1.3L Yaris from Europe shipped here vs. the local 1.6 or 1.8L (I'm guessing) to break even with $3.00 gas price.

Eccomoder bulk purchase of Euro spec vehicles and ship to US. Sounds like a good community service.
Research Grey market cars. In CA they did allow some grey market imports but recently they've taken to banning certain imported cars due to emissions/safety . If you want a newer car with the 1.3, grey market imported is the way to go, keep in mind there is a tax on imported cars.

If you just want to save money on gas you're barking up the wrong tree. There are plenty of efficient cars to buy.
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The Aygo can already do better and is faster.

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