The sub-compact Cardinal should have arrived, in 1961 model year, as the first (post-war) American front-drive passenger car. Yet, Ford Motor has handed the project over to its German division, and the would-be Cardinal was built - complete with the original V4 engine - as Taunus 12M.
In 1947, Renault introduced its first post-war model - the small vehicle of rear-engine layout. Yet, being extremely "tail heavy", the car complete with dreadful swing axle at the rear was "unsafe at any speed". A shame.