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    Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    The South American market Chevy Montana. Roughly based on the Gamma architecture and with a base price of $12K. Nicely loaded for $17K. GM would probably need to up the ante from the 1.4L and 1.8L I4s it currently offers. A 1.6T or normally aspirated 2.5 with 6 speed manual and nicely tuned suspension might make this a fun, affordable piece.






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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    Not this one, the other one.

    We keep hearing the margins are razor thin on bringing Zeta vehicles here. I would think on this it would be nonexistent or cost GM for every one sold in that price range.

    Personally the only way I'd consider this thing was if it were offered with AWD and had a 270 HP turbo I4 hooked up to it.
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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    Starting at $12k? It would be useless for anything, the way it would be configured at $12k. Reminds me of the Subaru Baja.

    Would rather see something like this over another Colorado; making it more car-like would differentiate it better from the Silverado.

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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    Keep in mind that, not only is the new Colorado butt ugly in a designed for Southeast Asia sort of way, but it's also going to be pretty big.
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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    NO.

    This Chevrolet Montana is based on the GM4200 platform. That platform debuted under the Vauxhall Nova and Opel Corsa in 1983. The same year Ford launched the Ranger.

    If Chevy did import it to the US, it'd fail our crash tests spectacularly. A Holden Ute-based El Camino would be a MUCH better idea than this warmed-over relic.
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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    The green one at the top is a new architecture. Based off of the current Gamma and developed be GM do Brasil. They call it the Viva platform.
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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    That thing is hideous. Either bring over the Aussie Ute or abandon the idea altogether. Did I mention that thing is hideous?

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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    I said bring them both of them: the Gamma based Montana and the Zeta Ute!

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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    I don't comment much here, but on this, there needs to be a choir singing the same song. There is only one UTE, and its not made in South America, its made in Australia. Bring in the Holden version, and let South America keep thinking they have one too with whatever that thing is!

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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    I would consider it priced like a sonic or Cruze and the 1.4T would work the 1.6T would be FUN assuming the chassis is up to the task
    I could see MCE'ing it to look like a sonic ute as the dash is not Mylink friendly right now
    the Zeta ute would never be an affordable car for younger buyers and the economy of a "full size" truck turns some younger buyers off
    I wonder where they could build it as tooling up an American plant seams cost prohibitive as the sales volume is VERY low unless the Sonic plant is flex with 30-40K volume "space"
    I wonder about the Opel south Africa as I believe south Africa has a free trade agreement with the USA

    http://www.chevrolet.co.za/cars/util...-overview.html
    chevy south Africa "MINI site" for the UTE

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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    I would consider it priced like a sonic or Cruze and the 1.4T would work the 1.6T would be FUN assuming the chassis is up to the task
    I could see MCE'ing it to look like a sonic ute as the dash is not Mylink friendly right now
    the Zeta ute would never be an affordable car for younger buyers and the economy of a "full size" truck turns some younger buyers off
    I wonder where they could build it as tooling up an American plant seams cost prohibitive as the sales volume is VERY low unless the Sonic plant is flex with 30-40K volume "space"
    I wonder about the Opel south Africa as I believe south Africa has a free trade agreement with the USA

    http://www.chevrolet.co.za/cars/util...-overview.html
    chevy south Africa "MINI site" for the UTE
    It's assembled on Argentina. I also think that you bring up a very good point. There is a big difference between importing a Holden Ute and selling it for ~$40K and importing something like this and selling it for mid teens.
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    With this crap economy, I wouldnt be surprised if it got a following.
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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    Chrysler, VW and Subaru attempted to sell these so called "Utes" in N.A. and all failed. Forget about the Montana ever being sold here.
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    The Montana does not have the current Gamma platform. It has the Opel Corsa B platform from 1990!
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    Re: Should Chevy import the Ute? No, not that one, this one........

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    The Montana does not have the current Gamma platform. It has the Opel Corsa B platform from 1990!

    I think that's the 1st gen version. The 2nd gen, (2010 and forward) shares it's architecture with the Chevy Agile.
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