12 great cars (you can't get in the U.S.)

They're hot, they're sexy, and they're not available here: a dozen autos that ought to be sold in America.

Not available on these shores
Not available on these shores
This time of year the airwaves are filled with commercials in which a lucky spouse find a new car parked outside with the obligatory red bow on the roof. But how about something different, like finding your beloved a one of a kind -- a car model from an established manufacturer that isn't for sale in the U.S.?

As big an auto market as we have, there are a lot of cars sold around the world that you just can't get here. They may be perceived as uneconomical or unappealing to American buyers, or they're unable to meet safety, crash, or emission regulations.

But it's a big and varied world out there. Toyota alone sells more than 70 different global nameplates. To make things easier, we've narrowed down the list to a dozen cars from international automakers that would look pretty sweet wrapped up for a holiday down the road.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 01 2011: 10:21 AM ET
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