• Mar 27, 2007
We've heard these rumors before, but now, sources deep within the RenCen have made it clear to Inside Line that a Lambda-based crossover sporting a bow tie and a "Nomad" badge could be coming in 2009.

Although the 50s nameplate doesn't carry the same cache as say, the Mustang, it's still somewhat recognizable to non-enthusiasts and with so many nameplate revivals, it certainly wouldn't be out of the question.

If the Nomad would come to fruition, it would be used to plug the hole currently left by the Chevrolet Uplander, whose sales have been less than noteworthy. Sporting seven seats and carrying many of the same lines as its GMC sibling, the Acadia, IL's sources say that although the name harkens back to times gone by, the styling won't. And it's doubtful that any cues will be taken from the 2004 concept that shares the same badge.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the chevy HHR make more sense to badged as a Nomad. Or make at least a HHR Nomad version. The HHR looks more like the Nomads of old than the Outlook, Arcadia, Enclave.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Typical GM..Making 4 copys of the same dame vehicle!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "GM has nothing on the Japanese when it comes to badge engineering."

      You should be struck by lightning for saying that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #8 - Agreed. With the Nomad, GM will have one mainstream Lambda per major dealer network: Chevrolet (Nomad), BPG (Acadia), and Saturn (Outlook). I said "mainstream" Lambda for a reason: the Enclave doesn't fit into the same category as the others.

      And this still isn't nearly as bad as what the Japanese do. Not only do they have multiple dealer networks and massive rebadging to accomodate that, but it's all under the same marque. For example, Toyota currently sells three nearly-identical sedans in Japan (Premio, Allion, Avensis). They even used to have a quartet, back in the early '90s (Cressida, Cresta, Chaser, Mark II).

      Nissan was even worse before Ghosn took over. You see, Nissan wouldn't rebadge much: they would develop multiple platforms to sell multiple cars in the same size, body style, and price, all under the Nissan marque, just under different dealer networks.

      GM has nothing on the Japanese when it comes to badge engineering.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #3 Yes.
      If it is right in the beginning then continue to improve,tweak etc each year or period of time as improved or superior technology becomes available. This becomes an evolutionary process that strives for perfection...kind of like some of the Asian and European auto builders do.
      Ford realized their mistake after dropping the Tarus name and reaching back in time and using the 500 badge.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The '04 concept would obviously be the enthusiest favorite, but I suspect this version would sell more. It's a shame that there are already three of them on the market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great decision on the name.

      I hope that the vehicle has a lot of personality and isn't simply a badge-engineered version of the Acadia or the Saturn.

      I recently saw the Acadia and it is a great looking vehicle. With a butched-up Chevy front-end it might be even better looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, Chevy dealers needed something to replace the minivan, and there aren't a lot of Chevy/GMC dealers. Same thing happened for the Pontiac Torrent.

      The Acadia was supposed to be a Pontiac, but the dealers couldn't wait, so GM gave them an Equinox instead.

      This is a problem when you have franchise laws and a lot of dealers wanting the hottest product. It would be so much easier with only "GM" dealers, but that would be hard to achieve, unless GM declares bankruptcy and voids its franchise contracts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, as a "Nomad" it'll be a two door, right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      At the last Auto show, lots of interest still remains in the Nomad concept. Build it on the Solstice platform and price 2-3K under the Solstice.

      Expanded use of the platform, niche vehicle,....much better use than adding another crossover to the dozen or so SUV/CUV offerings that GM already has in a crowded market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I drove an Outlook this past weekend as a rental (Avis at Dallas Love had about 10 of 'em). Way better than the minivan or the Trailblazer, but it was still a cushy slushmobile with no steering feel. The interior didn't impress me as much as it has some critics; the materials were the same as in my '06 Impala. But I wondered when the Chevy version of this would appear -- as I knew it would -- and now I know. And isn't the next SRX coming off this platform as well?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I second #1's lament.
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