- Jun 16, 2008
Gotta LUV that Brazilian-built Chevy Tornado
At first glance, you may hiccup and taste a little bit of your last meal in your mouth. Swallow, take a deep breath, and continue reading... What you are looking at is called the Chevrolet Tornado. Built in Brazil (where it is sold as the Chevrolet Montana), the two-seat pickup is sold in Mexico and South Africa (where it is rebadged the Opel Corsa Utility). With a 1.8-liter four rated at 104 hp under the hood, and a 5-speed manual to row the gears, the little truck scoots to 60 mph in about 10 seconds. The Tornado offers a payload area larger than that found on the Honda Ridgeline, and a payload capacity of 1,600-pounds (50 pounds more than the Ridgeline's rating). Saving the best for last, the frugal Tornado is rated at 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Do you think Americans who are accustomed to full- and mid-size pickups would ever consider something like this? If you think consumers would never stoop to such levels... think back to the early 1970s and remember the Chevy LUV.