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ggbaird



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PostSubject: LUV?   February 27th 2014, 5:33 pm

Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik wrote:
GM Might Have A Secret Small Truck Project

I'm here in Tahoe to drive the new Suburbans and Tahoes and other massive SUVs, but of course all I really care about are very small trucks. And, finally, it looks like I'm not alone, because I believe GM has a very quiet program to make a new small truck similar to the old Chevy Luv.

While wearing down the resistance of GM's designers and engineers with my terrible and numerous ideas, some of GM's people mentioned some very, very interesting things. I was making my usual pleas for a genuinely small truck to be available in the US market, when a few GM employees made several mentions of a "new LUV project." At one point, after mentioning the LUV project, one seemed to realize the impact of what he was saying and quickly backtracked, giving the usual line about not commenting on future models.

The LUV, of course, was GM's small truck built in partnership with Isuzu that still embodies a great deal of what I want in a compact truck.

I certainly don't want to get anyone in trouble, as the people I spoke with were are talented people with some really good ideas, and I sincerely think that if GM is considering a truly compact truck project that's a great thing for them and the truck-buying public.

This is by far the most and most serious talk about a truly compact truck that I've ever heard any manufacturer talk about. J Mays flat out told me Ford isn't interested in a small truck, Fiat/Chrysler doesn't seem to have any concrete plans, making this vague at best mention of a GM neo-LUV project by far the most definitive statement of intent from any manufacturer I've spoken with so far.

Chevy does have a modern take on the LUV in international markets like South America. I have no idea if the referenced "LUV project" has anything to do with these vehicles, but based on their recent rebadging of vehicles like the NV200, it's a possibility.

So, GM , please don't be angry I'm talking about this project you may not be ready to discuss yet. I'm only doing so because I'm genuinely excited, and I'm confident that whoever manges to get a worthy, actually-small truck to market first will reap great, untapped rewards.

I'd love a modern LUV. Please continue.
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PostSubject: Re: LUV?   February 27th 2014, 7:14 pm

I wish Jeep would make the Gladiator based on the current Wrangler.

I'd buy one today. Solid axles, easy customization. Endless possibilities.

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PostSubject: Re: LUV?   February 27th 2014, 7:18 pm



Black with black rims. And an eco-diesel too. Why not. As long as I'm wishing. I want it all.
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PostSubject: Re: LUV?   February 27th 2014, 9:47 pm

pup wrote:
I wish Jeep would make the Gladiator based on the current Wrangler.

I'd buy one today. Solid axles, easy customization. Endless possibilities.


Interesting. Check this out...

http://pickupownersgroup.forumotion.com/t715-jeep-pickup-spotted#5192
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PostSubject: Re: LUV?   February 28th 2014, 2:28 am

I am not holding my breath for it , for if it does get built it will have a huge cab and a tiny vestigial bed barely big enough to carry a cooler .
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PostSubject: Re: LUV?   February 28th 2014, 11:07 am

Yea, pickup cab expectations have changed dramatically. No one wants to cuddle in those small front seats anymore. But it would be a good vehicle for a some.
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PostSubject: Re: LUV?   February 28th 2014, 2:25 pm

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Yea, pickup cab expectations have changed dramatically. No one wants to cuddle in those small front seats anymore. But it would be a good vehicle for a some.
Wife and I still like riding around in our S-Blazer. Size is perfect for a run-a-bout.
Just wish they had brought the 2.8L I4 Diesel here back then. 15-18MPG of the 4.3 gets old.
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PostSubject: Re: LUV?   April 9th 2014, 10:05 pm

pup wrote:


Black with black rims. And an eco-diesel too. Why not. As long as I'm wishing. I want it all.

OD green, matching wheels, Pentastar V6, 6-speed manual, and a box long enough for my Burgman.
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