This August 2008 article explains that "[r]ight now there are precious few cars that return exemplary fuel economy paired with a reasonable dollop of fun. But those lucky devils across the pond have just the cars we're looking for. Now all that's left is convincing manufacturers that we want these mighty mites on our shores." See photos and descriptions of cars available in Europe and made by Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Ford, and others. From Popular Mechanics.