A couple of weeks ago, the Top Gear blog ran a story about 20 cars that changed the world. As I flipped through their choices, I shook my head. Some of the selections were non starters, at least from my point of view. A Jeep Cherokee? Really? While it sold in huge numbers here in North America and maintains a rabid following in the off road community, it was a complete pile of garbage, especially the early carbureted versions. The Nissan Qashqai? TG calls it the vehicle that invented crossovers. What planet do they live on? That distinction goes to the made in Canada Ford Edge, at least here in North America. That got me thinking – perhaps the viewpoint of what cars changed the world depends on what continent you live on.
As an example, Top Gear lists the Land Rover Defender, yet does not mention the Jeep CJ. Few car fans here on this continent have a clue what a Qashqai is, let alone how to pronounce the damn name.
Despite my love of motorsport, I am not going to include racing cars in this list. This is my top fifteen cars that changed the world.