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GMC Unveils Urban Truck Concept in Detroit [w/ pic. Econopod posing as truck.]
ABC ^ | January 11, 2010 | Unknown

Posted on 01/11/2010 8:40:14 PM PST by matt1234

If its new concept truck is any indication, General Motors Co. may enter the hip urban mini-truck fray against the Kia Soul and Nissan Cube.

GM's GMC brand unveiled the short, wide Granite at the Detroit auto show Monday. It's a cross between a panel truck and a minivan. GM says it's loaded with electronics and features that appeal to young professionals.

The Granite's sides open like French doors, and its rear seats flip or fold to the side, creating enough space for a mountain bike, even with the tailgate closed.

If GM decides to build the Granite, it would be the smallest vehicle ever assigned to the GMC brand.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: automakers; business; cars; generalmotors; suv; transportation; trucks
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That doesn't look like a truck to me.

From the GM press release:

"If brought to market, the Granite would be the smallest GMC ever – but has been optimized to feel much larger."
The bright boys at GM learned 0bama double-speak real fast.
1 posted on 01/11/2010 8:40:18 PM PST by matt1234
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To: matt1234

Crash N Burn

That is one ugly econo-van...


2 posted on 01/11/2010 8:43:52 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: matt1234
This is a truck, an honest to God, all American pickup truck.


2005 Chevy 1500 Z71 Crew Cab 4X4 w/Ranch Hand Summit Bumper Replacement

3 posted on 01/11/2010 8:44:05 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: matt1234
Plus, it's udgely.
4 posted on 01/11/2010 8:44:25 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: matt1234

Now all those young professionals need is a JOB so they can afford to buy one.


5 posted on 01/11/2010 8:45:32 PM PST by bigbob
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To: matt1234
Looks like a real piece of under-powered uncomfortable dangerous cr*p from Obama's Government Motors.

Only a fool would buy this mini-coffin "truck."


6 posted on 01/11/2010 8:47:18 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: Jeff Head

Too bad you can’t carry a basic 2x4x8.


7 posted on 01/11/2010 8:47:22 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: matt1234

Looks like those faggety lib mobiles like the Honda Element or Scion.

They probably come with an obama sticker already on the rear bumper.


8 posted on 01/11/2010 8:49:37 PM PST by diverteach
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To: matt1234

Let’s make a POS and call it a truck.


9 posted on 01/11/2010 8:51:35 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: matt1234

Where have I seen this before? Scion xB? Kia Soul? Nissan Cube? GM should just die already.


10 posted on 01/11/2010 8:52:07 PM PST by MichiganConservative (I wouldn't hate the government if it didn't exist. (Evil + Stupid) === Government)
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To: diverteach
They probably come with an obama sticker already on the rear bumper.

LOL. Or perhaps an engraved steel plate that cannot be removed without the fenders falling off.

11 posted on 01/11/2010 8:52:28 PM PST by matt1234
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To: matt1234

Looks like something the sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain might like. I’ll stick with real pickup trucks.


12 posted on 01/11/2010 8:52:55 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Remember in November! Throw all of the bums out!)
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To: diverteach; matt1234

These are perfect for metrosexuals!


13 posted on 01/11/2010 8:54:28 PM PST by aquila48
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To: matt1234

I will NEVER buy an Obama car.

That lib-mobile is NOT a truck.


14 posted on 01/11/2010 8:54:29 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First Failed Black Pres-dent..... "Fruit of Kaboom Bomber" was the 3rd attack.)
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To: matt1234

That’s what they call a truck? They killed the Kodiak line of real work trucks on Obama’s boys’ orders.


15 posted on 01/11/2010 8:55:54 PM PST by MichiganConservative (I wouldn't hate the government if it didn't exist. (Evil + Stupid) === Government)
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To: FormerACLUmember

>> Only a fool would buy this mini-coffin “truck.” <<

Their main buyer will be Funeral Homes which will need to ramp up business after Universally crappy Health Care is rolled out...


16 posted on 01/11/2010 8:57:44 PM PST by GraceG
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To: bigbob
Now all those young professionals need is a JOB so they can afford to buy one.

I'm sure a tax credit is being penned as we speak.

17 posted on 01/11/2010 8:57:56 PM PST by matt1234
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To: matt1234
The last GM i owned was one of these ...

I want it back.

18 posted on 01/11/2010 8:58:16 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: matt1234
This was the only photo from their web site that showed it with people. It's really small. It's an urban vehicle, probably good for tooling around inside the city. I couldn't imagine hauling anything more than a bag of groceries in it, though.
19 posted on 01/11/2010 8:58:39 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: FreeReign

>>Let’s make a POS and call it a truck.<<

Looks more like an SUV and a Hearse made sweet love in an engineer’s mind....


20 posted on 01/11/2010 8:58:50 PM PST by GraceG
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To: matt1234

Knight XV Urban Assault Vehicle, perfect for the soccer mom in America.
America likes bigger and better!

Get in kids, we're going to Mc'D

21 posted on 01/11/2010 9:00:04 PM PST by MaxMax (Lets get a sense)
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To: Liberty Valance

Part car + part truck = cruck


22 posted on 01/11/2010 9:00:15 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: Richard Kimball

That’s it?!? That’s not a truck, that’s a Cooper Mini with a glandular problem.


23 posted on 01/11/2010 9:00:17 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Virtue is to be apologized for. Depravity commands respect. - Galt)
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To: MaxMax
Turret optional...
24 posted on 01/11/2010 9:01:35 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: matt1234
That doesn't look like a truck to me.

Looks like something that just rolled out of that godforsaken "Pimp My Ride" show.

25 posted on 01/11/2010 9:03:02 PM PST by Drew68
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To: matt1234

That’s what happens when GM does away with Pontiac. What brand do you suppose is going to get all those ugly crossover vehicles?


26 posted on 01/11/2010 9:07:08 PM PST by Roger_Wildcat
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To: Drew68

“but has been optimized to feel much larger.”

That is just what I told my first girl friend!


27 posted on 01/11/2010 9:08:20 PM PST by outhousepatrol
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To: Richard Kimball

Wow, that picture makes it look really small. Looks like something you could be buried in. I wonder if that’s an option.


28 posted on 01/11/2010 9:10:58 PM PST by matt1234
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To: outhousepatrol
“but has been optimized to feel much larger.” That is just what I told my first girl friend!

I peeled off that sticker on the mirror, "Objects are larger than they appear," and stuck in on my bed's headboard.

29 posted on 01/11/2010 9:13:51 PM PST by matt1234
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To: Westlander
I can. Just put the tail gate down and they work fine.

But, when I bought the 1500 Crew Cab in short bed, I knew I wouldn't do it inside the bed with the tail gate up.

30 posted on 01/11/2010 9:16:25 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: MichiganConservative

ever checked out the interior of the scion xb? that thing is huge! tons of legroom. even with the front passenger seat pushed all the way back my long legged teen boy had a ton of space to stretch out. and space for his feet (which need their own zip code). i was amazed. and plenty of head room also. that being said there is only like 6 inches of cargo space at the back and the darn thing sits too close to the ground. and if that wasn’t bad enough it does not come with all wheel drive. if they would jack it up, give it awd, and lengthen it out for plenty of cargo space i might give it a second look. until then i will keep trying to find the car that fits my family. too bad 1958 station wagons don’t have air bags and all wheel drive cause that right there would be my dream car.


31 posted on 01/11/2010 9:40:01 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: Liberty Valance

i know a guy who has one of those. he put a corvette motor in the b!tch and it will kill someone eventually.


32 posted on 01/11/2010 9:42:07 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: matt1234
Looks like something you could be buried in. I wonder if that’s an option.

Maybe if you curled up. If they're going to try and sell this thing, I'd go more boxy and try to compete in the Scion XB and Cube category rather than calling it a truck.

GM just doesn't do funky very well.

33 posted on 01/11/2010 9:45:54 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: matt1234

Thank God I sold my GM stock!


34 posted on 01/11/2010 9:48:01 PM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Richard Kimball

Man, that thing’s tiny! Just as predicted, GM and Chrysler will be coming out with nothing but UmpaLumpaMobiles.

On the other hand, it does look like it’s perfect for competing with the PT Cruiser.


35 posted on 01/11/2010 9:52:10 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff)
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To: GeronL

After my initial thot, Thank God I sold my GM stock, yours was my second thot, that is one ugly econo van—it doesn’t even look like a truck. It looks like a Chevy HHR that has morphed into something evil—on steroids. Who came up with this design. Oh yeah, that would be GM GOVERNMENT motors.

Yet, they discontinued what seemed to be many popular cars such as Saturn VUEs.


36 posted on 01/11/2010 9:52:18 PM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: matt1234

Nothing with only four wheels is a “truck.”

Even 1-ton dually pickups are not “trucks.” They’re “pickups.”

When we get to F-450’s/F-550’s, then we’re finally into “light trucks.”


37 posted on 01/11/2010 9:53:41 PM PST by NVDave
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To: madamemayhem

Cool!


38 posted on 01/11/2010 9:56:33 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: matt1234

Well from the looks of this Ford shouldn’t have any problems selling trucks.


39 posted on 01/11/2010 10:02:50 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: madamemayhem
too bad 1958 station wagons don’t have air bags and all wheel drive cause that right there would be my dream car.

It's called a Ford Expedition. Or a Chevy Tahoe/Suburban.

This GMC prototype is getting an unfair rap here on FR, like most innovative, smaller vehicles. So, it doesn't tow a boat, or hold a sheet of plywood. Plenty of useful vehicles don't, and there is a market for them.

On the plus side, this concept will offer the packaging advantages of the Scion xB, which was an obvious influence. Those advantages are an amazing amount of room for the exterior size, and the exreme flexibility in configuring that interior space. This GM effort is better looking though, more aggressive, very wheel-oriented for more visual excitement and is overall a more aesthetically appealing vehicle than either the xB or the Soul. With a 1.4 liter four cylinder, fuel efficiency should be well into the mid-30's as far as highway mileage. That's a lot of function with a low operating cost, which has it's appeal even with controversial styling.

On the down side, GMC styling cues are probably what is making this boxy little minivan/station wagon more beefy and appealing. But, such a vehicle is highly questionable in the GMC "Professional Grade" market positioning. The larger Terrain is even questionable. They're running the risk of muddying the waters, as far as the meaning of GMC. That's what killed Saturn, Pontiac and Oldsmobile. The brand ceased to mean much of anything. GMC does. They should leave it alone, and stick with trucks, SUVs, offroad vehicles and work vehicles. This thing should be badged a Chevrolet. But, it won't, because it'll cannibalize the HHR.

Should GMC decide to offer a diesel option, get an all-wheel drive option in it, work on the content as far as techical "gear" and functional add-ons, maybe it can be made to reside comfortably in the GMC lineup. If they know what's good for them, this is what they'll do.

40 posted on 01/11/2010 10:03:18 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: matt1234

Looks like an Aztec with lines.


41 posted on 01/11/2010 10:09:58 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: RegulatorCountry; madamemayhem

Back when my 1980 Chevy Pickup was on it’s last miles I said the same thing about having an old station wagon like my dad’s. Enough room to carry my family of five, but also be able to carry plywood (and everything else). But I didnn’t want a king cab with a eight-foot bed for suburbia. And I also wanted the option of an open bed to dump dirt in.

Then I saw a review for the Chevy Avalanche! Although I guess the Suburban or Expedition is closer to a station wagon - the Avalanche was exactly what I had been looking for. Eight years later I have no regrets. I hope Obama gets out of the car business by the time I need another truck.


42 posted on 01/11/2010 10:11:57 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Jeff Head
Right now I'd settle for an old 78 Chevy K-5 Blazer in mint condition. As a 4X4 it was a real fine work horse. I've owned two of them before. I sold my second one a few months back to a guy who needed parts to make one good one. He had the money and capability to do the work and I didn't.

I also remember last summer or fall looking at what I thought was a car lot of trucks and SUV's. At first glance most looked like they still had many years and miles left in them. Then I looked at the windshields and CLUNKERS was wrote on them. That kind of waste is sinful.

43 posted on 01/11/2010 10:15:18 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: matt1234

It looks gay, communist,and African


44 posted on 01/11/2010 10:17:16 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: matt1234
My problem with GM: crossoveritis. Cars should be functional and ideally look the part. Trucks should be tough, simple to repair and able to haul stuff. Urban cars should offer good safety and interior space in a compact package. That's why a VW Golf or a Ford Focus is so popular in Europe. A truck is quite useless in the city and a Focus isn't the right car for a farm. That's also why an Escalade is terrible car and a a Range Rover is a great car. An Escalade looks good in a Hip Hop Video. A Range Rover looks good, i.e. works off road. If I just want presence, I'd go for an S-Class, because it's the real deal.

Cars should be the real deal, not pretend to be something they're not. That's also why I find station wagons great. Because they're not fake. But who am I with my non-streamlined opinion?
45 posted on 01/11/2010 10:29:07 PM PST by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: wolf78

Your argument is sound. But my problem with GM is that they’re using our money. And they’re being pressured by Zero and co. to build stuff that is environmentally focused rather than customer focused.


46 posted on 01/11/2010 10:35:03 PM PST by matt1234
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To: matt1234
Your argument is sound. But my problem with GM is that they’re using our money.

That too, of course. I was just talking about the model range.

And they’re being pressured by Zero and co. to build stuff that is environmentally focused rather than customer focused.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with some "environmentally focused stuff". Because there's a market for it. It was small cars sold in Europe that kept Ford out of bankrupcy. And now that $3 gasoline is coming back many customers will only buy as much car as they need. If that's a big truck, they will buy that. But not for a short urban commute.

The secret: You have to offer a range of competitive products, you've got to give the customer choice. GM has sold three different flavors of the same midsize sedan or SUV under three different names. That's not choice. Instead make one or two good sedans, build one good big truck. One nice small car instead of the half-*ssed Aveo.

There's nothing wrong with selling a lot of SUVs if the market demands. But if all you can do is all SUV all the time, you get killed when there is the slightest change in customer preference. Toyota and Ford were better positioned to react to market changes.

Of course the Washington bureaucrats won't help GM. But GM's management has been horrible for decades. Because they have no soul, no passion for cars.
47 posted on 01/12/2010 12:13:00 AM PST by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: matt1234

48 posted on 01/12/2010 3:19:50 AM PST by mirkwood (If the phone doesn't ring, it's me-Jimmy Buffett)
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To: matt1234

That’s not a truck. GMC, gone to sh**.


49 posted on 01/12/2010 3:58:50 AM PST by calex59
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To: matt1234

I see they have upgraded the Aztec.


50 posted on 01/12/2010 4:02:25 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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