Just had a rare sight: what must be a Geo-cum-Chevy that seems a 90’s Corolla duplicate. Chevrolet, for some typically-Detroit “idea”, went to the expense and turmoil of absorbing Geo into its marketing and merchandising…just before they turned off its lights.
Wonder if that car I saw is a legacy of the ’80’s Toyota/GM joint-venture (NUMI) in Fremont, California? Probably you know, in the ’80’s, NUMI turned out one platform, alternately-badged Corolla and Chevrolet Nova. NUMI is no more. I doubt the partnership lasted long, despite the billions of Detroit dollars thrown at it.
Is there, like, a wormhole in Detroit that sucks brain cells? So many decades since the import invasion of the U.S., and Detroit still— at least in my opinion– doesn’t turn out a single model preferable to an import*. In fact, I’m tending toward the idea this “retro” rage simply represents a bankruptcy of thought and vision in Detroit. And, in my opinion, there’s even a lack of corporate memory in at least one case: take all the badges off a current Camaro, and I, at least, see Mopar. That makes “retro”, to me, at lest, even more pathetic.
*unless-- perhaps-- you want a "monster truck". But ask yourself: when was the last time you saw a monster truck with a rear diff considerably higher than OEM? No matter how widely-flared the fenders, no matter how wide the wheels, my observation is, the rear diff is only marginally-higher than OEM. What good is that off-road? That ain't gonna get ya far thru the wild stumps, fells, and shrubs. Some monster S-U/V's have forward shields on the rear diff, and, I guess, that may help. When was the last time you saw a monster S-U/V that appeared recently off-road (that is, dirty)?!? When was the last time you saw a monster S-U/V with off-road tires?!? Nope, the only off-road solution I can think of is an articulated rear diff. And those come standard on...the M1114 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. Even if the manufacturer or DoD would sell you one, got $250k in your pocket? And if surplus ex-DoD humvees are available, I haven't seen one. When was the last time you saw a monster S-U/V an import? None big enough? I think not. Monster S-UV's are practically all American. Methinks the monster S-U/V is not utility or sport, but xenophobia. Sorry. Couldn't resist these digs.