It almost seems to be a distraction to say that Tesla Motors is the first US car company to come along in 50 years. (Not sure what US company started in 1957) In the future it will be a powerful statement to say they were able to succeed where the likes of De Lorean and Tucker were not. Now much of the Auto media portrays them as a “David VS Goliath” story.to show the uphill road they have in front of them. Using clips from Wikapedia I attempted to discern when some of the now-established worldwide automobile manufactures began selling cars in the US. A few had autos selling here for awhile rebranded by US makers but I was looking for the “name” introduction as much as the cars. Interesting that most had limited city releases like Tesla is doing. This is far from comprehensive and certainly it is in no particular order. Kia 1994 The first Kia-branded vehicles in the United States were sold from four dealerships in Portland, Oregon in February 1994. Since then, Kia expanded methodically one region at a time. Dealers in 1994 sold the Sephia, and a few years later the United States line expanded with the addition of the Sportage. Hyundai 1986 In 1986, Hyundai began to sell cars in the United States, and the Excel was nominated "Best Product #10" by Fortune magazine, largely because of its affordability. The company began to produce models with its own technology in 1988, beginning with the midsize Sonata. Suzuki 1984 1984 - Suzuki New Zealand Ltd. established in Wanganui, New Zealand and began export of Chevrolet Sprint to the United States. 1985 - SUZUKI of AMERICA AUTOMOTIVE CORP. established with the introduction of the Samurai Mitsubishi 1982 In 1982, the Mitsubishi brand was introduced to the American market for the first time. The Tredia sedan, and the Cordia and Starion coupés, were initially sold through 70 dealers in 22 states, with an allocation of 30,000 vehicles between them. Mazda 1960 Founded CA, 1960 Toyo Kogyo entered the full United States market, outside of California and Hawaii, in 1970 with a single car, the RX-2. Isuzu 1981 1981 - Isuzu-branded consumer and commercial vehicles are successfully exported to the United States. The Isuzu Pup is the first model sold to consumers. SAAB ? There are so many large companies that have gone away in the US. Daihatsu 1988 – Daihatsu USA launched with the Charade and Rocky 1992 – Daihatsu USA shuts down in February. Then there is Citroën, Fiat/Autobianchi, etc.