Seat Leon Fiat 500 Mini Cooper
One of the many, many things I enjoy about Europe are the variety of cars that are offered there. Cars that we have with a few exceptions, absolutely no visibility to here in the USA. As the Buick Lucerne continues to sell more of that particular model than all the BMW's sold in the US, I question why isn't good design and great economy more important to my fellow Americans? We have never been a country that settles for mediocre, so why do many put "Made in the USA" over quality, safety, beauty and just plain fun to drive?
In Germany, we rented the SEAT Leon. Spain's division of Volkswagen is putting out some great cars. The Spanish have lots to be proud of these days, Rafael Nadal, Euro Champs 2008 and SEAT!
Nissan Micra Peugeot 207CC Lancia Ypsilon
Car-watching in Greece was a blast. Greece doesn't manufacture any cars, no country loyalty comes into play. The cars on the road were great fun, small, powerful, great colors and finishes. We were constantly commenting that it's a pity we can't get that in the US.
We did a lot of driving on our roadtrips in Greece, we put over 1,200 miles on our rental car. So in hindsight we should have paid a bit more attention to what we drove away with from the Hertz lot at the Athens airport.
It was a decent little car, a Hyundai Getz, the color was a bit odd, but in the shadow of the underpass which was the Hertz lot, it looked "interesting". It had a couple of scratches and little dents, but nothing major. It screamed "this is not you, or anything like you, or anything you would have driven ever", but it had AC, and it was what we were given. They practically made it seem as though it was an upgrade, so who are we to question.
We're "Car People", even rental cars matter.
Getz at Schinias Getz overlooking Elatos Getz heading up the Κουρελεϊκα
Once in the bright Greek sunshine, the interesting color was a flat taxi cab yellow. The number of people who tried to flag us down and get in our backseat was minimum, unless we were in a city. We had no trouble finding our car in a parking lot. The car ran perfectly. We didn't have a moment of trouble with it, but... it wasn't fun. It wasn't us. But it's family now. It was part of all the wonderful memories. With my sweet husband at the wheel, it got us everywhere we needed to go, and sure beat the donkey my Υιαγια rode around Elatos.