QOTD: Would Ya Look at That…

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The internet collectively lost its mind when Elon Musk rolled out his Cybertruck last week in California. More polarizing than the ends of two magnets, people either loved or hated the thing. But — and this is key — regardless on which side of the fence a person stood, it seemed that everyone was surprised by how the thing looked.

Today’s QOTD is easy: what other vehicle debuts caught you off-guard?

Most people’s jaws were set agape when Ford rolled the then-new GT on stage back at the 2015 Detroit show. Keeping a secret like that under wraps in this day and age when all hands have a camera in their pocket is nearly impossible. Yet, at the time, Ford pulled it off.

Your author will confess to being surprised when Jeep announced the name for its pickup truck we now know as the Gladiator. It’s a good job I’m not a betting man, as I would have lost untold riches wagering it was going to be called the Scrambler.

Surely there has been at least one product announcement that caught you off guard. Chime in below.

[Images: Tesla/Mecum/FCA]

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  • Nrd515 Nrd515 on Nov 27, 2019

    I can think of quite a few that disturbed me. Maybe not as much than the Cybertruck does. These are some of the ones that came after I started driving in 1972. Just about every ford car made from 1970 until 2000. 1974 AMC Matador. WTF is with those giant wheelwells? 1974 Mustang II. Even as someone who didn't really ever like Mustang styling, this thing was just sad. 1975 AMC Pacer. Oh boy. 1980 GM X cars. It had to be drugs. 1990 Chevy Lumina "Dustbuster". Yikes. 2000 Pontiac Aztek. More drugs. 2003 Dodge Durango It was just wrong. The previous gen. was decent looking. 2010 Chevy Camaro. W-T-F? 2016 Chevy Camaro. Made it even worse looking. I don't understand.

  • -Nate -Nate on Nov 27, 2019

    I like the photo on top ~ it looks like the usual desert road testing out by California City . I don't hate this truck, it just doesn't talk to me, I'm old so mayhap younger folks who'll actually _buy_ a new light truck will like it ? . The 1964 Ford Mustang ~ I didn't care for it but it sure was a big thing when it came . -Nate

  • MRF 95 T-Bird Sears and JC Whitney also had similar dune buggy kits. The VW accessories along with the running gear for legal use just bolted on. Hmm Amazon? A Bradley GT or Kelmark kit using an electric “skateboard” platform would also be cool.
  • Inside Looking Out Cadillac now associates with rap music. In the past it was all about rock'n'roll. Rap is environmentally friendlier than rock'n'roll.
  • EBFlex This is nothing compared to what Ford is doing. The fake lightning is seeing massive price increases for 2023. Remember how they self pleasured themselves about the fake lightning starting under $40k? In 2023, the price jumps by a very Tesla like $7,000. And that’s not the biggest price jump. And much less talked about, the government fleet discounts are going away. So for a basic 3.3L Explorer, the price is jumping $8,500. S basic F150 is also now $8,500 more. Im sure the same people that complained about the oil companies making “obscene profits” will say the same thing about Ford.
  • Bobbysirhan Sometimes it seems like GM has accepted that the customers they still have are never going to come to their senses and that there aren't any new dupes on the horizon, so they might as well milk their existing cows harder.
  • Buickman how about LowIQ?