All the Hot-Hatches Are Not For US
"It is better to have loved and lost and never loved at all." Perhaps Shakespeare's most memorable line is perfectly applicable to the scenario of awesome European cars that we will never see. Take the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and Audi S3 Sportback. Two badass little runabouts that are debuted to the world media, only to announce some time later that they won't be coming stateside. Alas. You want to bring these hot-hatches here for a year, and then take it away? We're fine with that– just look at the BMW 1 Series M. The sporty compact had a one-year production run, then was gone, but we loved it all the same. It is one of the most collectable modern BMWs.
So we loathe the notion of cars like the S3 and A45 being too good for our knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing American roads. And if you say, "Gee, they haven't announced that the S3 won't be coming here," you're right, but they have not confirmed it yet either. Geneva will be the place of this news.
On the other hand, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Perhaps one day we will see these hot-hatches on our shores, but only after we've pined for them for years. Once again, alas.