Why are American car manufactures so reluctant to make a right hand drive cars?

Let us look at some major right-hand drive markets:

Manufacturers like GM and Ford have factories in the UK that make right-hand drive cars locally. No need to make them in the USA and ship them across the Atlantic.

Several car factories in South Africa, not sure how many have an American parent though.

Japan is a notoriously closed market. Very few sales there.

India as an emerging market may be looking for cheaper (often locally built) cars, not American muscle cars.

As for Australia, look up John Cadogan on YouTube. He'll give you a (somewhat biased) insight into why Holden and Ford are pulling out.

So right-hand drive markets may be served locally or are simply too small.


Cost.

Most manufacturers are unwilling to do right-hand-drive conversions on what are essentially specialist models: cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang and the like. There just aren't enough buyers to rationalize the cost.

Fortunately, a cottage industry (or rather a man-in-a-shed industry) has popped up offering RHD conversions of American muscle cars for eager buyers in countries like Australia, the UK and Japan.

In Australia, for instance, you can get just about anything from a AU$359,990 Corvette ZR-1 (or around three times as much as it does in the U.S.) to a AU$139,000 Chevrolet Camaro (or the same as an Audi S5 Cabrio in Australia).

Want a 2011 Mustang GT convertible? Be prepared to pony up AU$142,500 (the same as brand new Porsche Boxster Spyder) for that Pony. And it becomes even more laughable when you look at the U.S. prices for these same cars.


Australia has a total population of 23 million people, that is 40 percent of the population of UK, so it is a rather small market. Besides that it is not far away from Japan, Singapore and Indonesia, where RHD cars are the norm and not the exception. In Europe we have quite a number of countries with left drive traffic (UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta).

As a matter of fact, US manufacturers in many cases do not export their cars to countries other than the Americas. They rather prefer to make their cars in the area they are selling them.


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