• Jun 16, 2008

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.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      the 1.8-litre engine in fact produces 114hp; there is also a smaller, 1.4-litre engine with 103hp that is sold in Brazil. with even better mileage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's weak for a GM 4 cyl powerplant. The 2.2L is making 150hp and would probably return better f/e than this lump.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I find it amazing how many people were having a cry about the pontiac sports truck saying they couldn't understand the point of it. The v6 version for sale in AU returns nearly the same milage figures and has better performence. It also looks better to boot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the concept, but I think if they could reduce the payload to 800 lbs, reduce the gross vehicle weight and add a 6 speed manual such that the mileage is 35 MPG highway, I 'd get one in a heartbeat.

      What I really need is a car with a box - drives like a car, rides like a car, gets the fuel economy of a compact car, and have a box with a 500 pound payload.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1600lb payload with 20-30mph... Sign me up. This is all the truck that I would need for my weekend runs to the local garden center or Lowes/Home Depot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Something this small would compete up against the Ranger, which has no competition currently. I'd give this a look. I have a 1992 S-10 and I agree with the comment that GM should have kept that size pickup.

      If they make this available, I will wait outside the dealership to test drive one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can see all 75K/yr Ranger buyers switching to this, + a good chuck of true commercial pickup buyers. Just look at sales of the sprinter van and how its putting the hurt on the rest of the van market simply by offering a small diesel. Running costs matters for small businesses. Let the wannabe cowboys blow their retirements buying and running F150s and Silverados and towing their supposed boats (checked marine fuel prices lately?), they have money from home equity loans to burn. Responsible business owners who truly need utility vehicles to make a living will make the right call.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as the interior is big enough for a regular person, this looks to be very useful. The payload is huge. Light delivery is ignored far too often. Only the crappy little Ranger is left. If you think economy doesn't matter, ask a business owner about his weekly fuel bill.
      Gm needs to develop a true Commercial brand- and not like that "Professional Grade" BS. Ford is launching the Transit Connect in the US, and it satisfies the "right size" criteria for many perfectly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont want a FWD truck...
      • 6 Years Ago
      What does it cost to ship to Austin, TX and where do I sign? :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      all i'm looking for is a truck with a bed that'll hold two dirt bikes and get decent mileage. This thing is a little too ugly to get my money, but that Mihandra pick up is shaping up to fit my bill nicely.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You'd be better served by a V6 G8 ST or a Tacoma.

        That Mahindra will be an absolute dog on the highway and I really wouldn't trust the reliability vs a GM or Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a uncle in Mexico who has a new Tornado and I had a chance to drive it. Let me just say . . . wow! Extremely fun to drive and all while loaded with 3 metal Bar-B-Q's. Just like Jim Cramer said this morning, "we are all going to follow the examples of other countries."
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know about that Tornado, but I sure will take one of those LUV's, assuming its not rusted out. Great looking little truck, but would rust away to nothing without intervention....
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