Sitting here in the airport at Warsaw waiting for my flight back to the good ole USA, I figured I'd pass some time and mention a few of the vehicles I saw in Southern Poland during my business trip here over the past 2 weeks.
While I was slacking in my duties to carry the proper documentation device (my camera), I figured I'd fill you in on what I've seen. Driving to work the other day, I passed this huge vehicle (at least huge for Poland) that turned out to be a Chrysler Aspen; funny to see it there among all of the little cars. I was walking through a small town where I was staying when a Jeep Grand Cherokee drives by with Illinois plates!! I did a double take and checked the rear plate just in case it was a vanity plate he threw on the front, but nope, it had 2 plates. I passed a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Factory TDi Diesel, nice! Funny that they don't sell them in the US!?!? Where do you think they build them? My rental car was a Nissan Qashqai; not a bad little SUVish kinda crossover, but boy was it lacking in power. Jeep Wranglers with diesels, Toyotas with diesels, and diesels in many cars that aren't sold with them in the US had me wondering how hard it'd be to import one from here? I'm toying with maybe spending 2 years here for my company. What if I was to buy a Gen 3 Diesel Durango while I'm living here (it wouldn't be for a few years) and bring it back with me when I move home? Difficult?
I may just bring my D with me and sell it while I'm here as I think I could get decent money for it. :cheesy:
Anyway, for now, just thinking out loud.
After I get home, I'll post pictures of the Russian Motorcycle I got a ride on. I was at a wedding Saturday and Sunday and one of the guests had a Russian bike he brought to the party on Sunday. It had a sidecar and a 2 cylinder horizontally opposed motor. Nice bike!
Well, time to run.
Tdi engines are already here in some of our imported cars, finally! VW, IIRC BMW, and others. Took too long to do it. As for importing, each individual is allowed one "gray market" import (that's a vehicle that doesn't meet our regular smog and safety rules), but a lot of stuff has to be changed over. For instance, a lot of folks used to buy Mercedes diesels in Germany and, after driving them for a while at a lesser cost, import them without realizing they'd have to change out the European headlights and tail lights for American specific ones.
Glad your trip was good.
Hope you had a good time in Poland. When I was stationed in Germany, I went there on 5 separate occasions and drove a Chevy Suburban while there. Talk about driving down some small roads with a huge vehicle, it was a challenge at times. I do remember the Polish people being very friendly and there being some good tasting food. I also remember there being a problem with stolen cars from Germany going through Poland to Eastern Bloc countries. Had some good times there for sure.
sounds like a nice place!