Indian Supreme Court: "Chevrolet" SUV Less Capable Than A Mountain Goat

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

In a delightfully surreal bit of news out of India, a man sued GM for claiming one of its SUVs had mountain goat-like capabilities when it couldn’t in fact navigate one foot-deep water. What, you might ask, is the SUV in question? The answer is just another amusing twist to this hilarious tale of marketing claims meeting cold, wet reality. Here’s a hint: it’s sold in the US, but not as a Chevrolet…

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  • Zerofoo Zerofoo on Dec 21, 2009

    A rebadged Subaru Forrester? Really? That's not an off-road vehicle. Anyone who thinks it is is a fool. You need a few things when going off-road: The right tires, ground clearance, a locking transfer case, and a low-range setting. My stock Jeep Grand Cherokee has gotten me through some tough stuff, but I wouldn't even claim that vehicle is really suited for serious off-road use. -ted

  • JMII JMII on Dec 21, 2009

    I'm not talking about the armor plated ones... the standard black Suburban and another red pickup (a Dodge?) got stuck during the show as well. I just love the irony of the "go-anywhere" SUV being stuck on a slightly muddy road.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Dec 21, 2009
    "a locking transfer case," I think you mean locking differentials.
    • Zerofoo Zerofoo on Dec 22, 2009

      Those help too, but I meant a locking transfer case. Lots of transfer cases variably split torque between the front and rear wheels. Some are not smart enough to send torque to the gripping wheels and send torque to the wheels that are spinning, much like an open differential. My Jeep's transfer case has the ability to lock the front and rear outputs together. This allows a 50/50 split of torque to the front and rear wheels for use on loose terrain. This is called "Part-time" 4wd. The "full-time" 4wd setting lets the front and rear outputs vary, and that isn't as good on the loose stuff. -ted

  • The Luigiian The Luigiian on Dec 21, 2009

    Y'know, the problem isn't necessarily that some SUV's don't have off-road capability, the problem is that most don't even have basic things like a low-range gear and decent tires as options. And those that do have them as top-of-the-line items where you have to pay $7,000 over a base truck just to get a transfer case. Don't even think about decent skid plates.