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Old 04-02-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Now this is sweet. Sports car performance with a bed.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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Now this is sweet. Sports car performance with a bed.
I thought GM might have learned their lesson from the SSR.....
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:22 PM   #3
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I thought GM might have learned their lesson from the SSR.....
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What lesson? Was always intended to be a low volume, relatively hand built car. I drove one as a company car. It was the last production year with a stick. It was a flippin' BRUTE. I haven't driven anything like it since the big block Chevelles.....and that is what it was intended to be....unrefined, no holds barred, muscle car, for the few who just needed to have one.
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Uni-body pickup... eww
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:41 PM   #5
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Uni-body pickup... eww

Unibody "El Camino" type car/trucks are hugely popular "Down Under" and several Holden variants were considered for the US. The concept didn't really clinic well, and the money is better spent elsewhere. Good decision IMO.
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What lesson? Was always intended to be a low volume, relatively hand built car. I drove one as a company car. It was the last production year with a stick. It was a flippin' BRUTE. I haven't driven anything like it since the big block Chevelles.....and that is what it was intended to be....unrefined, no holds barred, muscle car, for the few who just needed to have one.
Here is an article by Forbes on the subject....
Chevy Retries Retro - Forbes.com

I think it was a failure, I'm not saying it wasn't fun to drive......
I even mentioned to my wife that maybe it would be fun to own but she voted no. Sigh....
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Here is an article by Forbes on the subject....
Chevy Retries Retro - Forbes.com

I think it was a failure, I'm not saying it wasn't fun to drive......
I even mentioned to my wife that maybe it would be fun to own but she voted no. Sigh....
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I think failure is relative to to whether you're speaking to a financial person or a car guy. From the financial perspective, MARKETING screwed up and overestimated the market. A lot of vehicles fell victim to that........build them and discount them. All the automakers did that for literally decades. From the car guy perspective, a failure is measured quite differently. Forbes is a financial magazine, so I get it.
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I welcome any and all new thinking on pickup truck design.

Its a very conservative market however. Rugged, big, tall, tough,etc. Is there room for anything else? I'd like a dose (even if small) of efficient, elegant, sophisticated, lower, aerodynamic, athletic.
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But neither the pic above nor the SSR were pickup trucks.....they are cars with really big trunks....configured to sorta look like a truck. Study the photo for awhile.
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I'll trade my '85 Caballero in on a new Ranchero or El Camino in a heartbeat. A real gentleman's pickup.
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I'll trade my '85 Caballero in on a new Ranchero or El Camino in a heartbeat. A real gentleman's pickup.
Yeah, I know, it's cool, but you and a few thousand of like minded people don't make money. See the above comments on the SSR. These "car/trucks" catch the fascination of folks till you ask if they would stroke a check for one....then they're not practical for most people.

"Build it and they will come" is dead in the automotive world, if you want to survive. The marketplace is too crowded to play like that. Unfortunately.
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That's a really cool looking vehicle, but I would not consider it a truck. It's much closer to Toyota Corola sans the trunk lid.

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Give us a 4-dr 1/2T with an economical high-torque turbodiesel and fully independent air-ride suspenson. And a 7-manual with double OD (towing & solo). Plenty of performance all the way round with that.

Just needs an Aerolid to top[per] it off. Style and function with that.





Can you say "20" for towing mpg with a 27' ? Or, 30-mpg solo? It's well within possibility.

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Give us a 4-dr 1/2T with an economical high-torque turbodiesel and fully independent air-ride suspenson. And a 7-manual with double OD (towing & solo). Plenty of performance all the way round with that.

Just needs an Aerolid to top[per] it off. Style and function with that.





Can you say "20" for towing mpg with a 27' ? Or, 30-mpg solo? It's well within possibility.

Leave the toys for the poseurs.

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