Compact minivans like the Renault Megane Scenic and General Motors' Zafira wouldn't stand a chance in the American market. But in Europe they are about to overtake larger American-size minivans in sales.
That is just another indication of how the US and European markets are growing further apart in the sub-luxury segments, not coming together for the convenience of world-car planners.
There was another sign last month that the two sides of the Atlantic are becoming less alike. Volkswagen announced plans to build a full-size pickup truck for the American market. The success of the New Beetle in America taught VW a lesson.
Americans fall in love with some vehicles that Europeans can only shake their heads at in disbelief. And vice versa.