Saint Pierre - The Only Place Where You Can Buy a Dacia and a Ford F-150.
Exploring the intriguing automotive culture of the small French territory hidden within Canada's borders.
If there was a place in this world where you could see and drive a Peugeot 206, a Chevrolet Corvette, a Dacia Sandero, and a Ford F-150 pickup truck, you would not expect to find that place within Canada. Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a small territory island owned by France within Canada's coastal waters. With a small population of nearly 6,000, it's a wonder that anyone could expect such a diverse car culture.
All Vehicles are Imported From One Dealership.
S.A.S Louis Hardy is your go-to and only place to buy a vehicle on the island. There you can import just about any vehicle you want, at a price, of course. Most vehicles imported are Peugeot, Renault, Ford, Chevrolet, and Jeep. Although, there is a key distinction in the brands. The Ford F 150 pickup truck is the number one imported vehicle.
Imported Vehicles Come With a Slight Twist.
The U.S. brands imported come as left-hand drive from Canada, and the European vehicles come imported from the UK as right-hand drive. The other difficult twist lies in the speedometers equipped in the vehicles. Saint Pierre and Miquelon use the metric system as it is under the regulation of France. However, the vehicles imported from the UK are equipped with imperial speedometers. For the imported vehicles from Canada, there is no issue as Canada uses the same measurement system.
It is unclear why vehicles are not directly imported from France but it may be due to the shipping routes to and from Canada.
Why is the Ford F 150 the best-selling vehicle in a France-owned territory?
Well, it's no surprise that the best-selling pickup truck in the world is the best-selling vehicle in Saint Pierre. Although part of the reason why this truck is so popular can be summarized by two different categories. One being price, and two being weather conditions and terrain.
The cost of a standard F 150 is just $34,395 Canadian (€23,877.34). That is roughly $2,000 cheaper than importing a right-hand drive Japanese truck from the UK. Not to mention the options that come standard on an F 150 would be more than what is offered on the competitor.
The next reason is the weather and terrain. There is no southern France weather experienced here. The winters are harsh and usually accompanied by severe temperature drops and lots of snow that will last until early April. A sedan and even an SUV may not be equipped to handle the harsh weather conditions that a 4X4 pickup truck can.
If you ever wondered if there could be such a place where brands from all over the world could coincide in such confined territory of land. You likely did not expect this place to physically exist or exist in Canada's coastal waterways. Saint Pierre and Miquelon are just one of the fascinating wonders of the world of automotive culture as it unites such a diversity in car brands and styles that conventionally would not be present in any other part of the world.