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GM, Unlike Ford, Still Sees Life In Small Trucks

Posted in auto industry, Chevrolet, Featured, GM, News, Trucks by Kurt Ernst | February 15th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

Chevy's Colorado will live on. Image: © GM Corp.

Like pickup trucks but don’t need a full size one? If you’re partial to GM products, there’s good news on the horizon: PickupTrucks.com is reporting that GM has started work on the replacement for the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon midsize pickups. Unlike the new Ford Ranger, these trucks are destined for the U.S. market and will be based on the GMI 700 body-on-frame global small truck platform. The 700 platform Chevy Colorado for the far east market is expected to be shown at this year’s Thailand International Motor Expo, but don’t expect new trucks in the U.S. sooner than 2014.

Things looked bleak for the Colorado and Canyon after GM’s 2009 bankruptcy, and the initial plan was to kill off both trucks. Perhaps due to the Ford Ranger’s exit from the U.S. market, GM changed direction and has decided to pursue development of the next generation Colorado and Canyon. The trucks will face competition from a new Toyota Tacoma and a new Nissan Frontier, both scheduled for redesigns around the 2013 model year. It’s also possible that Dodge will update the Dakota pickup for the 2014 model year, and rumor has it that they’ll go to a unibody platform.

Source: PickupTrucks.com

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6 Responses

  1. Taylor says:

    Here is what Ford should do:

    Disappear the Ranger from the market for a few years.

    Let the diehards wail and gnash their teeth for a little bit.

    Start putting out some teaser photos and publicity blurbs.

    Stage the comeback in a BADASS automotive themed summer blockbuster.

    Sit back and reap the rewards.

  2. BigRuss says:

    you know why more Colorados and Canyons are rollin off lots while rangers sit there and rot… they look awesome… now if Ford was to restyle the ranger like the late 70’s early 80’s trucks that would look great… remember back around 2001 the S10/Sonoma’s werent selling as well as GM had hoped…. think about it the last MAJOR redesign for the S-chassis and Ranger was 93/94 and then GM decided to kill their small trucks and introduce a great looking truck that honestly has sold more than the “new ranger” and Dakota…

  3. turbosrt says:

    The GMC and Chevy are terribly horribly unreliable and the Ford had nothing going for it but price given you could deal with a sagging back end, ugly styling and fuel mileage worse than a 78 F150. As far as Dodge on this the Dakota like the others also needs a serious revision due to it losing its fun factor and a fiew other quirks. I say bring a mid size pickup with a turbo 4 or high output 6 and give it a fun to drive factor with a 6 speed manual.

    • BigRuss says:

      soo we should basically bring back the muscle trucks… the Dodge Dakota SRT8 would be sick… and of course a baby Raptor would be cool… and Chevy/GMC has the V8 in the Colorado/Canyon in either 2wd or 4wd respectably…