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The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have never exactly been the sales successor to the S10 throne. While the original baby pickup from General Motors sold like Tastykakes at fat camp, the public has never exactly warmed to the newest generation of short beds. That fact has grown even more apparent in recent months – according to PickupTrucks.com, sales of the Colorado have fallen off 30 percent since last year. But the Colorado isn't alone – small truck sales have plummeted from their once lofty heights, thanks in part to their mediocre fuel efficiency, outdated designs and often surprisingly high price tags. These days, buyers who really need a truck tend to simply step up to a full-size and call it a day.

But word on the interwebs is that The General is legitimately considering cranking out another take on the small pickup – something that would offer vastly improved fuel efficiency, relatively small dimensions and pint-sized price tag. When can we expect the new truck to show up? Who knows, but it can't come soon enough for our tastes.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Um, what have they been doing this whole time that the Colorado/Canyon HAVEN'T been selling???
        • 5 Years Ago
        My guess? Placing Blaime on the consumer for not buying their underwhelming, questionably assembled, and over-priced product.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Basically nothing. They look the same, have the same powertrain, same interior. They did drop some options off the less expensive models.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also, spending all their money on engineering brand perception, rather than engineering vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great news!! Please no crappy I-5 and make it off road capable..PLEEEEAAASE!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool. I think the real challenge w/ designing a small pickup is making a extended cab/four door model that has a usable backseat and isn't the length of Tennessee.

      I'd love to see them make a truck-based minivan like the old Astro (which shared a good bit of parts w/ the S10). It'd be a good competitor to the Transit, and be a cool family hauler that could also tow well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to hear they are at least considering this. Going back to a Luv-sized small p/u would put it in an area that many would consider before getting the fullsize. Especially if it was vastly lower in price. The new midsizers (Tacoma, GM twins, Dakota, F100) are just too close to the bigs in mpg and cost. Unibody would be OK, and if they can bastardize an existing car/SUV platform to do it, even better for the cost aspect.

      ...plus GMC could bring the Syclone back. :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      WHOOHOOO!!!!! Awesome! Now this is something to celebrate. Give the Ford Ranger some competition, so Ford will reduce the price of the Ranger and I can buy it. Or Chevy could make this a really good small truck, priced under 10,000(what a pint-sized truck should cost, the Ranger is waaaay to expensive to buy new). Then I would probably be interested and most likely buy. The problem with the Ranger is it's 8K too expensive.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I know, I've checked ebay and seen some 5K rangers in great shape. However, I'm talking the actual starting price of the Ranger new, its way too high. I just don't want Chevy to make that same mistake for a "pint-sized" truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        High-zoot Ranger models (like the extended cab 4x4 Sport with all the trimmings) are extremely expensive for what you get, but not the base models. I've optioned a ton of 4x4 Rangers on the website and get $27K base, while when I option out a 4x4 F-150 I end up with about $28K base and similar features.

        The base models, though, aren't overpriced, and like a lot of people have said if you're buying a base Ranger without getting a good deal from the salesman you're not trying hard enough. I've heard of guys getting midrange 4cyl XLT's for $12,000.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A El Camino Diesel would be nice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gm , build a small truck with a diesel option, 30+ mpg, crew cab, wish the current model could of had a smaller version of the duramax, that would be cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish I could go to a Toyota dealer and buy a new 1999 Tacoma or a 2001 Hilux. Throw in the diesel inline-4 and you'd get the most awesome car on the road.

      I hate the Tundra. The current Tacoma is too much in size and not enough in the way or durablity, same for the Frontier. All the half-ton trucks are simply too large and thristy and they don't strike me as durable and offroadable as those small Toyota trucks.

        • 5 Years Ago

        Man, from the first time I heard the Ute was going to come to the states as a G8 I knew it would be the perfect platform for me, and for most half-ton truck owners if they're honest with themselves on how they "actually" use their vehicle.

        My S-10 Blazer will be about ready for replacing in a year or so. I would have def. looked at the G8 ST.

        Oh well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't play with my heart! I yearn for a Ute.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My sentiments exactly. It exists already. It's a proven, popular platform in a market rather similar to the US. Just bring it over... you don't even have to switch it to left-hand-drive... we'll learn.

        But for crissake, just call it the El Camino. (Why they avoided that name a couple years ago is beyond me.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The biggest problem I've seen with the Colorado and Canyon is that the base models look ridiculous. On the S-10, 15" (or 16", can't remember) wheels don't look out of place, and it still looks good in ZR2 guise.

      To make it look good from base to the top trim package should be the goal of any car design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't help but wonder if the high sales they experienced back in the 80's and 90's was driven by the mini-truck fad. The S-10 was the preferred model for modifications but now there's just a cult following of mini-trucks. It doesn't have the mass appeal anymore.

        • 5 Years Ago
        They don't have mass appeal because both GM and Ford saw how popular they were and kept raising the damn price. They got so so close to the fullsize models in price that people(including myself) said, what the heck, might as well buy the big one for a few thousand more. They also enlarged them and made them so they only had a slight fuel advantage which also hastened their slow down in sales. I traded my '95 S-10 which I really liked but it was getting old for a Tundra. If I could have bought a new S-10(instead of the new GM twins) for around 12k or so, which is what I paid for the S-10, I would have stayed in fhe family. But no, greed took over and they played with the formula. Typical car company. Notice I said car company and not just GM. They all pretty much think the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it on! Don't know how much longer I can keep my 20 year old S-10 on the road and I sure haven't seen anything I've like well enough to give it up.
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