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....and utter understanding of all things automotive, has seen you assigned to head your very own GM vehicle development program.

The only problem is, you only have $40. See price list below:
Note: there are 8 sections ranging from $1-$10 so you can spend $5 in each for a Camry. My definitions are a guide only, it's a simple scale. ie A small fast back could cost $3-4 dollars.

It is supposed to be fun so let's not get picky.:D

A Body style
Compact $1
Small $2
Mid Size $5
Large $7
Luxo Barge $8
Land Yacht $10

Wagon or SUV add $1

B Power Plant
1.4 100HP SOHC gasper $1
1.8 125 HP DOHC $2
2.2 150 HP DOHC $3
3.0 V6 250 HP DOHC $4
3.6 V6 300 HP DOHC/3.0 TDi 240 HP $6
6.0 V8 420 HP SOHC $7
7.0 V8 460 HP SOHC/ 5.3 V8 420 HP DOHC $8

DI add $1, Turbo/Supercharger add $2, hybrid add $3

C Drive Train

4 speed M floor shift $1
3 spd A $2
5A/6M $5
6SA $6
7 DSG $7

RWD or AWD $1ea

D Exterior Design

Piece of cold toast $1
Inoffensive but bland $2
Someone made an effort $5
Good attempt at Retro/BAS $7
Sell my mum for a ride $9

Enlist the help of a famous coach builder/designer, add $1

E Interior Design and materials
Land Rover County 110 $1
Mid Spec Tata $2
Ergonomically adequate $5
Mmmm Leather $6

F Electronic Gadgetry

Pushbutton AM tuner $1
A/C and standard Audio XM etc. $4
Premium audio $5
4 Zone Climate control, Vibrating seats, Night vision, RADAR Cruise $8

Nav add $1

G Handling and Chassis tune
Corvair (sorry darndot ;)) $1
Spare pair of boxers $2
Benign though un-involving $5
Class leader $7
Iconic driver connection and adjustability $10

H Quality and Refinement

Light commercial vehicle standard....in burma $1
What's that buzzing noise? $2
Rock Solid $8
Try not to limit yourself by trying to save GM. This is your mark on automotive history. :D
 

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Someone's not sleeping again are they....:hyper:



I'll have to think about this.

Tending towards dog ugly; but small and fast. :D




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$40, you say? Here is what I think is the best way by far to use it.


A Body style
Compact $1

B Power Plant
1.4 100HP SOHC gasper $1

C Drive Train
4 speed M floor shift $1

D Exterior Design
Piece of cold toast $1

E Interior Design and materials
Land Rover County 110 $1

F Electronic Gadgetry
None $0

G Handling and Chassis tune
Corvair (sorry darndot ;)) $1

H Quality and Refinement
Light commercial vehicle standard....in burma $1


Total vehicle cost $7

I leave the company after that, letting them figure out how to market and sell my entry-level $7 brainchild.

I pocket the remaining $33 as part of my golden parachute. I retire and live happily ever after.
 

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Since my mind's locked into the "funky family utility wagon" mode...

  • Size: Compact/C-segment $2
  • Body style: Wagon $1
  • Engine: 1400cc SOHC lump $1 (SOHC engines are actually better suited to urban driving patterns). How much should I add for Diesel?
  • Gearbox: 5spd auto $5 (keeps revs down in urban traffic)
  • Styling: Funky and distintive, but balanced, $5
  • Interior: not on your list. I want highest-quality plastics but make it rugged and snot-and-poo-proof for kids. $5
  • Gadgetry? Fast glass is a must-have. Single CD. I'll forego the rest. $2?
  • Handling: Safety over all other concerns, meaning a finely-tuned chassis. $7
  • Quality/Refinement: Rock Solid $8 (and this surprises anyone?)

36 bucks.
 

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Hmm...going to have to put more thought into this...can't get anything below $40...
Can I shut down some assembly plants and lay off a couple hundred employees to raise a few more dollars? :D
 

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A Body style
Mid Size $5

B Power Plant
6.0 V8 420 HP SOHC $7

C Drive Train

5A/6M $5

RWD $1

D Exterior Design
Someone made an effort $5


E Interior Design and materials
Ergonomically adequate $5

F Electronic Gadgetry
Premium audio $5


G Handling and Chassis tune
Class leader $7

$40 On the nose... Call it...
The Really New GTO... And this time actually market the car :rolleyes:
 

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OK, yer on Mikmak.

Are you bored out of your mind?

+$2: small body
-$2: ohv Chevette (aka 'vette) "mighty mite" 1/2 quadrajet mill
+$1: 4-speed Chevette/Hurst shifter
---: Geo Metro/'vette exterior "design"
+$2: mid-spec Taa-taa interior "design"
+$1.50 : pushbutton AM triphonic (triphonic is achieved by playing portable two-speaker radio/cd in back seat)
+$1: Corvair keep-your-reactions-quick handling
+$8: Refinement and quality. First things first, my friends.
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$13.50 Ohhh, what a feeeeling!!
 

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$40, you say? Here is what I think is the best way by far to use it.

Total vehicle cost $7

I leave the company after that, letting them figure out how to market and sell my entry-level $7 brainchild.

I pocket the remaining $33 as part of my golden parachute. I retire and live happily ever after.
Get your feet off the desk and go back to work Wagoner. :)
 

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A) Body style
Small $2

B) Power Plant
2.2 150 HP DOHC $3

C) Drive Train
6M $5

D) Exterior Design
Inoffensive but bland $2

E) Interior Design and materials
Ergonomically adequate $5

F) Electronic Gadgetry
Premium audio $5
Nav add $1


G) Handling and Chassis tune
Benign though un-involving $5

H) Quality and Refinement
Rock Solid $8

$36 bones for the car built. I'd pay $21k in real life for such a ride.
 

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A Body style
Mid Size $5

B Power Plant
6.0 V8 420 HP SOHC $7

C Drive Train

5A/6M $5

RWD $1

D Exterior Design
Someone made an effort $5


E Interior Design and materials
Ergonomically adequate $5

F Electronic Gadgetry
Premium audio $5


G Handling and Chassis tune
Class leader $7

$40 On the nose... Call it...
The Really New GTO... And this time actually market the car :rolleyes:
First reaction:

hmmm... you're equal or superior to the average in each category (which is $5)... there HAS to be something wrong.

After 1.5 second of digging a bit deeper, it appears you missed the following category:

H Quality and Refinement

Light commercial vehicle standard....in burma $1
What's that buzzing noise? $2
Rock Solid $8

So, if you want to make that GTO (exactly as defined) a rattling, falling-apart-after-1-year piece of crap, the cost will be $41... while a no compromise, rock solid GTO will run you $48.

In any case, unless you cut somewhere, you're over budget. ;)
 

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I was a little concerned that I had made it too complicated for internet attention spans though participation is higher than expected. t-rex, snot/poo proofing would surely be around $1000 due to extensive use of materials (ever checked under the rear seat cushion?) and actually paying engineers to work with poo during the development phase :D

A: Small-mid wagon (think astra size) $4
B: 2.2 DI $4
C: 6M RWD $6
D: Unique but polarising $6
E: Ergonomically adequate $5
F: Same as rex, fast glass and single CD $2
G: Class leading dynamics for $7
H: Quality $5. Noisy but reliable :D

$39 :D

P.S. There was originally 10 sections for $50 (to cater for my pathological addiction to round numbers) but it was too long winded.
 

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Can I just be like most Americans and buy a $50 vehicle on a $40 budget? Oh, don't forget to add another $20 in interest on this financing deal!


A - Small Wagon - $3
B - 2.2 150hp DOHC - $3
C - 6M AWD - $6
D - Someone made an effort - $5
E - Ergonomically Adequate - $5
F - Premium Audio - $5
G - Class Leader - $7
H - Buzzing? - $2

$36
 

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I'm going to call a pickup truck $ 10 since it isnt an SUV though it could be called a land yacht.

So,

Land Yacht: $10
5.3 V8 (flex fuel?) $8
Manual floor shift (5 speed) $1
Make an effort $5
Land Rover Country $1
AM/FM tuner $1
Benign suspension $5
Buzzing noise? $2

total:
$33
 

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Small $2
1.8 125 HP DOHC $2
6SA $6
RWD or AWD $1ea
Inoffensive but bland $2
Ergonomically adequate $5
A/C and standard Audio XM etc. $4
Iconic driver connection and adjustability $10
Rock Solid $8

Exactly $40. A class-leading small car to save GM.
 
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