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Does Alpina have a stated reason for not exporting it's cars to the USA? It seems to be a natural market especially today with so many seeming malcontents in the States with the direction some see BMW headed.

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Does Alpina have a stated reason for not exporting it's cars to the USA? It seems to be a natural market especially today with so many seeming malcontents in the States with the direction some see BMW headed.

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Alpina have commitment stated to remaining a small-scale manufacturer with maximum of 500 cars annually. It is logical for them to sell these cars to markets with a minimum of hassle - being Europe, Middle East and Far East. The US regulations (EPA & DOT) are too expensive and time-consuming for Alpina to fulfill.

Until the latest EPA & DOT reforms of 1986/1987 a signficant number of Alpinas was brought to the USA as grey imports. Now the restrictions are very slowly opening up again for private imports...
 

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Alpina have commitment stated to remaining a small-scale manufacturer with maximum of 500 cars annually. It is logical for them to sell these cars to markets with a minimum of hassle - being Europe, Middle East and Far East. The US regulations (EPA & DOT) are too expensive and time-consuming for Alpina to fulfill.

Until the latest EPA & DOT reforms of 1986/1987 a signficant number of Alpinas was brought to the USA as grey imports. Now the restrictions are very slowly opening up again for private imports...
they produce around 800-850 cars/year atm :p
 

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Alpina have commitment stated to remaining a small-scale manufacturer with maximum of 500 cars annually. It is logical for them to sell these cars to markets with a minimum of hassle - being Europe, Middle East and Far East. The US regulations (EPA & DOT) are too expensive and time-consuming for Alpina to fulfill.

Until the latest EPA & DOT reforms of 1986/1987 a signficant number of Alpinas was brought to the USA as grey imports. Now the restrictions are very slowly opening up again for private imports...
Thanks for the info. Sometimes small is good. I find am developing an ache for their B7, which at present is beyond my resorces. But the car is gorgeous and judging from the reviews, has the driving characteristics, I would look for in a full-size luxury car.

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