The Truth About Cars » S10 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:56:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » S10 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Vellum Venom Vignette: The Brazil Vacation, Part II http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/vellum-venom-vignette-brazil-vacation-part-ii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/vellum-venom-vignette-brazil-vacation-part-ii/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=987546   Aside from the car-less world of cruise/train travel, my post-CCS Design vacations involve seeing an American on the road only to feel their styling and (more importantly) proportioning are sleeker and prettier. Douchey perhaps, but it’s my benign contribution to American Exceptionalism. Even if this “proper” Chevy is a German Opel (sold alongside many a Korean Daewoo) introduced in […]

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A Captiva audience?

Aside from the car-less world of cruise/train travel, my post-CCS Design vacations involve seeing an American on the road only to feel their styling and (more importantly) proportioning are sleeker and prettier. Douchey perhaps, but it’s my benign contribution to American Exceptionalism.

Even if this “proper” Chevy is a German Opel (sold alongside many a Korean Daewoo) introduced in Frankfurt as the Antara GTC.  Harley Earl may spin in his perfectly-proportioned grave…but I digress.

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Few Americans shall admit a speck of admiration for the Chevrolet Captiva SUV, but the similarly-Korean Cruze is a respectable machine to most.  Well, colossal DLO fail at both corners notwithstanding. No matter, its suitably upscale: Chevrolet Brasil offers it as their most premium sedan offering. (At R$75,020)

Strangely, the Cruze 5-door hatch is cheaper (R$71,860) than the sedan: usually it’s the other way in the US. Known as the Cross Sport 6, the Cruze Hatchback looks the business against the usual Brazilian subcompact. Here’s one driving past the scenic Vista Chinesa.

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While I have little complimentary to say of Chevrolet’s split plane grille, this Chevrolet Onix wears the face quite well.  Sure, the upper half needs to grow a good 1-2″ to meet the hood’s cut-line. Or better still, drop the cut-line instead. But the look is catchy, nicely proportioned on this small canvas.

Chevrolet Brasil made a fetching machine, but this white one in Leblon was kinda rare. And that’s the problem:

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(photo courtesy: www.simcauto.com.br)

Chevys, at least in Rio, are heavy in fleet distributions.  Rio is nearly as taxi-centric as Manhattan, but the market wasn’t dominated by something Crown Victoria-esque. There’s Renault, Fiat and Citroen hacks too, so perhaps the Bowtie-branded Daewoos sporting that unique yellow/blue stripe paint scheme are a red herring.

And perhaps there’s no such thing as American Exceptionalism in car design. Not anymore, at least.

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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And the Real Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/and-the-real-winner-is-11/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/and-the-real-winner-is-11/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 03:43:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395860 GM cars start any 24 Hours of LeMons race with a big Index of Effluency advantage, and when you throw a big couch and handtruck in the bed of your Chevy S10 and spend the weekend hurling the thing around a twisty road course full of much faster vehicles… well, for the Greene County Moving […]

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GM cars start any 24 Hours of LeMons race with a big Index of Effluency advantage, and when you throw a big couch and handtruck in the bed of your Chevy S10 and spend the weekend hurling the thing around a twisty road course full of much faster vehicles… well, for the Greene County Moving Company, the end result was LeMons racing’s top trophy.

The couch-laden truck’s quickest lap time of 1:15 wasn’t so quick (in fact, it was the slowest thing on the track), but the Greene County Movers picked up exactly zero black flags and suffered only brief mechanical ailments, which gave them an impressive 28th place out of 68 entrants. This is the second S10 to win the IOE this year, after the Pickup Trash S10’s win in Michigan last month. Congratulations, Greene County Movers!

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And The Real Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/and-the-real-winner-is-7/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/and-the-real-winner-is-7/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 04:22:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391712 You get the Index of Effluency, 24 Hours of LeMons’ top prize, by accomplishing the most with the worst car. You can win it by getting a horrifyingly terrible car just into the top half of the standings, or you can get it by getting your very terrible truck a hair from the top ten. […]

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You get the Index of Effluency, 24 Hours of LeMons’ top prize, by accomplishing the most with the worst car. You can win it by getting a horrifyingly terrible car just into the top half of the standings, or you can get it by getting your very terrible truck a hair from the top ten. The Pickup Trash S10 team opted for the latter route, clawing their way to 12th place under un-pickup-friendly weather conditions against an extremely tough field.

Team Pickup Trash would have made the top ten, but their final driver thought he could milk a few bonus laps out of an empty fuel tank and had to be towed off the track. We’ve been watching this team for a few races now, and they’ve improved from hapless black-flag magnets to serious contenders as they’ve upgraded both their brakes and their driving skills over time. They’ve built an impressive-looking body kit out of street-sign aluminum, upgraded their suspension with cheap junkyard stuff, and left their stock V6 alone. A very easy IOE decision this time. Congratulations, Team Pickup Trash!

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Chevy do Brazil: New S10 Shows It Face http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/chevy-do-brazil-new-s10-shows-it-face/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/chevy-do-brazil-new-s10-shows-it-face/#comments Sun, 10 Apr 2011 12:33:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390788 Chevrolet do Brasil has shown pictures of its updated S10. In what has become somewhat of a norm for this market, the truck will be debuted at the Thailand Auto Show (according to Brazilian ehthusiast site webmotors.com.br). Once in Brazil, the new S10 will substitute both the South American and the Asian model (known as […]

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Chevrolet do Brasil has shown pictures of its updated S10. In what has become somewhat of a norm for this market, the truck will be debuted at the Thailand Auto Show (according to Brazilian ehthusiast site webmotors.com.br). Once in Brazil, the new S10 will substitute both the South American and the Asian model (known as Colorado).

GM targets its more expensive rivals this time. The truck shows traces of Hilux, Frontier and Amarok. In other words, GM has bowed and recognized that Toyota, Nissan and even Volkswagen now lead the way. At least as far as Brazilian trucks go.

GM follows the Hilux lead by placing the head lights in a high position and by giving the S10 an angry fascia. From the side the truck mixes some Japanese elements, but mainly follows the Amarok’s lead by using heavy creases and almost straight lines. The back is pretty hum-ho and the only “bold statement” is the use of transparent glass. The rectangular shape used by everyone is still there.

Inside, they follow Frontier’s lead and the pick up is more car-like and less truck-like. The instruments are placed, Camaro-like, in a position only the driver can see. It also now uses GM’s signature blue illumination. The center stack includes a liquid crystal screen and the commands for the digital A/C.

For Brazil, GM will start offering MWM’s 2.8 turbo diesel in both auto and stick. Though no 4×4 is offered in Brazil until now, rumor has it that the new truck will. An SUV version, appropriately called Blazer in Brazil, will also be offered. Down here, at least initially, only the double cab will be offered.

The new truck won’t stop production of the current one. As this beast will probably cost around 90 to 100 thousand reais (56.000 to 63.000 dollars at US$1=R$1.6), the old one will march on so that GM does not lose bragging rights that it’s the big dog in this segment in Brazil. Will all those (more affluent) buyers  who abandoned GM some time ago and adopted the Japanese trucks give GM a chance? Well, GM still has (amazingly) huge brand recognition in Brazil. Especially in the truck market. But another perennial Brazilian favorite, Volkswagen, has been unable to take chinks from Toyota’s Hilux armor (all damage done to the Hilux is of Toyota’s own making, namely high price, which opens up space for competitors from Nissan and Mitsubishi). I have documented VW’s troubles here.

This one will be interesting to watch. We will be able to gauge GM’s strength very precisely on this one.

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