safari/astro are awesome what is that... basically an 18 year old design? i'm sure it'll be canned in a few years, but i see a use for it still. i used to like the short astros in black with nice rims...
GM must realize that design cycles are becoming shorter and more aggressive. Their starting to do that with some new cars to get back into the market. They should think the same for trucks since the competition is coming!
From a glass-half-full perspective, perhaps those vehicles are in the corner because there's so much else going on at GM that *some* vehicles have to be put off to the side. (I know, that's WAY corny).
But, with the exception of the Venture, I definitely like the somewhat subdued but clean lines of Chevy's trucks. And I agree with saabman; the interiors are where the real work needs to be done. Take a look at the artist's rendition of the 2006 Tahoe on page 36 of this month's Motor Trend. The exterior isn't all that different (granted it's a wee cartoon, but the overall design can be discerned from it, nonetheless). I'm hoping GM puts the cash into the interiors and powertrains (including a hybrid?!) for the next gen FS trucks than on radically changing the exterior, which is fine as it is right now.
And I have to say that I would NEVER be in the market for an Astro, but when I drove some people around in one for GM one summer, it performed flawlessly. In that sense, I was much less concerned about exterior appeal and more with powertrain performance and interior accoutrements. Besides, the Astro's a relatively old vehicle, and I can imagine that the profit margin is gigantic on it [and the Safari].