I recently poked around on Google Earth while I was bored. I happened to land in Marseilles, a port city on the southern Mediterranean coast of France. The makeup of cars on its streets was distinctly French, but there were a few surprises.

I poked around long enough to make three parts! Here are the first two parts:

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An old Land Rover Defender seems a laughably unsuitable vehicle for city commuting, but at least it doesn’t seem fazed by those bollards. I dig the roof rack.

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Is this some sort of old Ssangyong? I kind of like the gritty look this cheap imported offroader has going on. But more importantly, what kind of person drives a crappy old 4x4 in such an urban environment?

Also, what is that derpy little hatchback behind it?

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This old Toyota Land Cruiser looks a little out of place here.

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This chromed-out old Jeep Grand Cherokee also seems like a lot of car to street park in such tiny spots. You can’t argue that the brash American doesn’t have bling, though.

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And here we find two different definitions of “offroad.” One is a rather pedestrian Toyota Rav4 “softroader,” which I didn’t know was sold abroad. The other is a front loading dump truck, which must be very hard to see out of when full. Is there a good reason that this isn’t driven the other way round?

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And what the heck, let’s conclude with a massive Swedish concrete truck! Understandably, there weren’t many offroaders of any description to be found in a large urban European city, so I threw this one in to round out the collection.

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