What's Wrong With This Picture: Keep On Truckleting Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture keep on truckleting edition

As our Brazilian friend Stingray pointed out in today’s Curbside Classic thread, the FWD trucklet isn’t dead… it’s on vacation in South America. And new models are arriving all the time. This May, the popular Brazilian-market models Stingray lists below will be joined by the Peugeot Hoggar Escapade, a 207-based compact truck with the best name to come out of PSA since Bipper Tepee. Fun fact: with a maximum engine displacement of 1.6 liters pulling a 1,650 lb max payload, it actually carries more weight per liter of displacement than the latest generation of the Silverado Heavy Duty (6,335 lbs with the 6.6 liter Duramax).

Chevy Montana

Ford Courier

Fiat Strada

VW Saveiro

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  • Stingray Stingray on Mar 12, 2010

    Mr. Edward, please fix your text. I'm Venezuelan not Brazilian. Thanks. Yes the links I provided are all from Brazil, but is because those things are not being imported here since at least 2 years ago. And they're for the most part engineered in Brazil

  • Thebanana Thebanana on Mar 12, 2010

    I'd buy something with this size and styling in a minute.

  • J Mendez J Mendez on Mar 12, 2010

    Nice article Mr Niedermayer Actually this Brazilian model is not based on the real 207, it is based on the re styling of the venerable 206 which is branded in Brazil as 206.5 or 206 Plus and in Mexico as the 207 Compact. In Mexico, GM did the same with the Opel Corsa gen 2 Restyled, branded as the Chevy C a few years ago and now has a mini Pickup, branded as Tornado with a 1.8 engine. VW nowdays as stated on another comment, has the Saveiro and had another based on the Pointer platform. This mini Pickups are used very extensively in Mexico as utility /delivery trucks, which make sense on urban areas where you wouldn't use a Full sized truck. What would be a good move for PSA/Peugeot Latinamerica could be a DIESEL version of the Hoggar 206.5 or whatever name they will use... Torque to move loads could be a good idea. Actually they have a vanette with the 1.6 HDI Diesel, the Partner. Best regards!

  • Stationwagon Stationwagon on Mar 16, 2010

    when is Mahindra, going to launch in the U.S, we're starving for a small truck, I would buy a chevy montana if they offered it here.