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January 24, 2011


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nissan Philadelphia

Right now passenger car based pickups are little bit big in size,Though I dont have a any idea about Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino but as I am driving a 1997 GM SUV, I will definitely go for a passenger car with heavy load taking ability, As i have habit of camping,hunting,fishing. So I need to carry utilities.


If you believe Top Gear, they were invented so you could "take the sheep to market on Saturday and your wife to church on Sunday."

You can also buy them in the UK branded as Vauxhalls.


I think it's fair to say the Australians invented the ute by taking a car and giving it a bed (with some reinforcement) for pickup-like capacity, whereas the Ranchero and El Camino took existing sedan/wagon platforms and put new bodies on them. The Australians also seem to have been able to create their own exclusive ute versions of vehicles that didn't exist in their home countries, such as the Standard Vanguard and Chrysler Valiant.

Mac churchill

If I own a Chev SSR in the province of Quebec and I need winter tires to drive and there are none. What can I do? Do I have an attractive but useless toy for the summer only? How can a major manufacturer sell but not support a product? When I asked the local GM people to ask they just said that THERE ARE NONE, too bad. Toyota at least tries to find answers .MAC

Jim Kenzie

Top Gear can't take credit for that comment, because that's what the Aussie farmer's wife said way back in 1932, and Jeremy Clarkson isn't THAT old! Unless you give them credit for 'sheep' instead of 'pigs'...

Interesting too; I read somewhere that this was more-or-less the same product mandate for the Citroen Deux Chevaux, whose design started in the late 1030s, but was only produced after the war.

Great minds...

Jim Kenzie

Jim Kenzie

Hi Mac:

Not sure it's GM's fault as much as the tire companies'. Have you checked with a sampling of independent tire stores which handle a wide range of brands? You'd think SOMEBODY would make tires of that size! You'd want to buy a separate set of r8ims anyway to preserve the alloys, so maybe you can go "one-up" or "one-down" in wheel and tire size.

Again, an independent tire retailer is your best friend.

There are also a couple of huge on-line US-based tire stores (like TireRack) which, I understand service Canada as well - give them a try.

Jim Kenzie


Vauxhall most recently sold a version of the Holden Monaro and VXR8, and presented a version of the Maloo ute. Other than some models shared across the GM range, such as the Astra and Vectra, Holdens and Vauxhalls aren't the same.

Jim Kenzie

Hi Larry:

But historically, most Holdens have been based on older Opel/Vauxhall platforms.

Jim Kenzie


Hi Jim,

It depends on the era you're looking at. Holden built the Vauxhall Viva for a while (the one that was known as the Envoy Epic here), then switched to their own designs and platforms.

It was in the mid-1970s that the real platform-sharing/badge engineering with other GM products began: the Gemini (GM T-car, a/k/a 'Buick Opel by Isuzu'), then the Commodore (two different Opel sedans stuck together!) and GM's J-bodies, followed by all sorts of Suzuki/Isuzu rebadges in the '80s and the current similarities to the Vauxhall/Opel lineup.

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