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      10-26-2009, 12:44 AM   #95
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Originally Posted by ElBolo View Post
Excuse my ignorance, but what's the reasoning for BMW not bringing any past CSL (future one too?) to the US? to keep it rare? low production? European's hate Americans ?
Here are just a few of the reasons I was told by the United States BMW M division chief (Larry Koch):

*US historical pricing structure (limits the pricing options for a special edition model here)
*Emmisions compliance (can't pass emmission...can't be sold in the US)
*DOT safety regulations (can't meet the minimum automotive safety requirements...can't be sold in the US)
*Overall manufacturing costs (limited production cars cost a fortune to build per unit)
*Vehicle certification and crash testing costs $$$$$$

And that's just for starters...

This is why GT3's cost 130k here in the USA.
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