Feb 13 -- Despite the global auto industry, there are still differences in the products that automakers sell in one country or another.
For example: Remember the Pontiac Solstice roadster? At the North American International Auto Show, General Motors said there could be versions for Opel and Vauxhall to sell in Europe. It won't happen. The car can't meet European vehicle standards that protect pedestrians.
Remember the Dodge Sling Shot roadster from the show? It's based on DaimlerChrysler's Smart brand minicar. The Dodge Sling Shot may be sold in Europe, but it won't be sold in North America.
Speaking of Smart, DaimlerChrysler plans to sell the brand's slightly larger four-seater model in North America.
And get this: DaimlerChrysler will sell Smart two-seater models in Canada, but not the United States.
The best bet is to watch for them when they come across the border.