The Truth About Cars » Sprint http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:18:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 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 » Sprint http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1988 Chevrolet Sprint Electric Sport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/junkyard-find-1988-chevrolet-sprint-electric-sport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/junkyard-find-1988-chevrolet-sprint-electric-sport/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=788522 12 - Electric 1988 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinNow that it’s possible to buy electric cars that actually do what cars are supposed to do, we mustn’t forget the very lengthy era— say 1970 to just a few years ago— during which all manner of optimistic-yet-doomed companies converted various econoboxes into lead-acid-battery-based EVs. Every once in a while, I’ll spot the remains of such an EV at a junkyard; we saw a junked EVolve Electrics 1995 Geo Metro EV conversion last year, and now a different Denver yard has given us this ’88 Sprint “Electric Sport.”
06 - Electric 1988 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Sprint aka Cultus wasn’t a bad choice for an electric vehicle, being lightweight and cheap.
01 - Electric 1988 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinElectric motors are worth money, either as working motors or as sources of valuable scrap copper, so the one in this car is long gone.
18 - Electric 1988 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe remnants of the battery tray may be seen in the rear cargo area.
17 - Electric 1988 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinSomeone grabbed the no-doubt-modified instrument cluster, too.
07 - Electric 1988 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinBonus points to anyone who can track down the company that built the Electric Sport Sprint!

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Junkyard Find: 1986 Chevrolet Sprint http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1986-chevrolet-sprint-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1986-chevrolet-sprint-2/#comments Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491921 11 - 1986 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinYesterday, we admired this El Camino-ized Geo Metro, which probably got all of you wondering about the badge-engineered Suzuki Cultus that The General sold before the Geo marque existed. Wonder no more— here’s a genuine Chevy Sprint awaiting consumption by The Crusher!
02 - 1986 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThree cylinders, unapologetically cheap interior, sticker price even lower than that of the wretched Hyundai Excel.
03 - 1986 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinIn accordance with General Motors tradition (which persisted well into the 1990s in some models), the odometer in this car shows only five digits. Is it possible that this car has just 32,561 miles on the clock? 132,561 is a lot more likely, but you never know.
10 - 1986 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe “hood ornament” is actually a hood release button.
05 - 1986 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinRemember Chevrolet’s short-lived infatuation with this blue color for emblems?
06 - 1986 Chevrolet Sprint Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinCarburetion and one liter of displacement. Not a lot of power, but not much to go wrong.


Gets better fuel economy than any other four-passenger car in America (the Honda CRX HF was a two-passenger car), and it loves to run!


Translation: if you’re ready to take a (short) step up from your moped, this is the car for you!


Of course, the Japanese-market ad for the same car is just… classier.

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Sprint To Automakers: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Wretched In-Dash Gizmos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/sprint-to-automakers-give-us-your-tired-your-poor-your-wretched-in-dash-gizmos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/sprint-to-automakers-give-us-your-tired-your-poor-your-wretched-in-dash-gizmos/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:39:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468547

Sprint Nextel presents a new “Velocity” in-vehicle communications and entertainment architecture at the LA auto show. You can’t buy it from Sprint, but Sprint hopes your automaker will buy it from them. This did not keep Sprint from taking jabs at its presumptive customers:

“They know how to make great cars. They assemble these vehicles that we all fall in love with. But when it comes to this stuff, they are not in the communications business.”

So spoke Wayne Ward, Sprint’s vice president of emerging solutions, to Reuters.

Velocity meets automakers with severe migraine. Misunderstood technology did cost precious J.D.Power points.  Consumer Reports panned the MyFord Touch system and called GM’s new CUE system “convoluted and frustrating.”

“This stuff is pretty hard,” said Ward who hopes that automakers learn to leave the stuff to the experts.

Velocity is an application framework for infotainment and telematic systems. It includes Infotainment and streaming music, remote locking and unlocking, vehicle start, 911 assist, even creating a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot.

Sprint’s first customer is Chrysler which uses Velocity as the basis for its UConnect system in the Ram pickup truck and Dodge Viper.

 

 

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Junkyard Find: 1986 Chevrolet Sprint http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1986-chevrolet-sprint/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1986-chevrolet-sprint/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462942 Before there was the Geo Metro (a rebadged Suzuki Cultus, there was the Chevrolet Sprint (also a rebadged Suzuki Cultus). U.S. gas prices dropped below a buck per gallon during the middle 1980s, which had the effect of forcing the oil-income-dependent Soviet Union into bankruptcy even faster than predicted, with end-of-Cold-War results. On top of that, cheap gas prices meant that only the most tight-fisted of cheapskates felt that buying a tiny three-cylinder car built by a motorcycle company made any sense at all. Still, enough Sprints were sold that I see them in junkyards every now and then.
This is about as basic as basic transportation could get in 1986. Even the wretched Yugo was more luxurious than the Sprint (though most Sprints lasted about five times as many miles as most Yugos).
A lot of more expensive Japanese subcompacts (e.g. the Nissan Sentra) came with 4-speeds as standard equipment in 1986, so this 5-speed was a nice touch.
Not much to go wrong here.
I’ve driven a few 3-banger Sprints, and I’d like to say they were actually peppier than one would expect. Unfortunately, they were even slower than you’d expect. We’re talking Diesel Rabbit slow. Still, the Sprint would haul four adults at highway speed, if you weren’t fussy about how long it took to get to highway speed.


In the United States, the Sprint had two selling points: price and fuel economy. The first item went out the window in 1986 with the appearance of the even cheaper Hyundai Excel and Yugo GV, but the Sprint still owned the fuel-economy crown.


Meanwhile, in Japan, the Cultus GTI was available with a screaming twin cam engine and “The Final Countdown” playing in the background.


Back in the United States, Suzuki was also selling the Cultus as the Forsa, under its own marque. Thanks to this very long and utterly incomprehensible advertisement— in fact, it’s so incomprehensible that I have a hard time believing it isn’t a spoof created six months ago— nobody bought these things. Later on, Suzuki changed the name from Forsa to Swift and sold… several.

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