Yesteryear is filled with tons of tragic fads that we thank God came before our time. The most notable one for me, is the Chevrolet El Camino. The hideous love child of a Chevy pickup and a Chevy Caprice, the El Camino was an aesthetic nightmare.
Visually unfortunate for us though, is the fact that multiple contraptions designed off of the same concept could be a real possibility soon, if proposed CAFE regulations go into effect in 2017. The tougher emissions standards will force auto-makers to rethink the way in which they deliver the utility of a pickup vehicle.
GM North America president Mark Reuss, said that tougher regulations could open the door for the Commodore Ute to make its way over from Australia. Commodore is GM’s flagship brand in Australia, and the Ute is its equivalent to the Chevy El Camino.
”I’ve lived in Australia and I’ve seen where fuel prices are $5 a gallon,” Reuss said. “Lots of tradesmen will use a ute with a tray on the back to do lots of different things. They don’t need the bandwidth of a big pickup truck.”
-By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Automotive News