El Camino is a possibility

Discussion in 'American Cars' started by ajzahn, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. Pontiac's sport truck could end up wearing the El Camino nameplate.
    By GREG MIGLIORE

    The El Camino lives, but there are at least 10,000 other possibilities for the yet-to-be named Pontiac G8 sport truck.

    Pontiac's contest to name the companion vehicle to the G8 sedan closed April 15, drawing more than 10,000 unique names. General Motors officials are now examining the entries, weeding out names that are trademarked by someone else and hope to have a decision by the end of May.

    It's unclear exactly who will have the final say for Pontiac's ute, but the finalists will be submitted to GM's top brass, including product boss Bob Lutz and marketing chief Mark LaNeve.

    A Pontiac spokesman would not reveal other names but confirmed that El Camino was among the contenders. The name is popular with car enthusiasts with fond memories of the vehicle that was sold as a Chevrolet in the 1960s through the 1980s.

    The spokesman did note that GM is weighing the effectiveness of using a Chevy name on a Pontiac.

    The vehicle was unveiled at the New York auto show in March and is expected to go on sale in the United States next year as a 2010 model.

    Developed by GM's Holden division in Australia, the sport truck rides on a Pontiac G8 chassis that's been stretched four inches. It gets a 6.0 liter V8 that pumps out 361 hp and is mated to a six-speed automatic--the same powertrain used in the GT version of the sedan.

    Regardless of the name selected, everyone who entered the contest has a chance to win a new G8 sport truck. (Autoweek)
     
  2. Sport trucks are fail
     
  3. this will be the ugliest car in production
     
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  5. The El Camino was awesome in its day, mostly because it performed like a car but you could treat it like a truck. This looks like a sports model I'd be afraid to do much work with other than some light loads.

    I'll upload a '69 396 SS El Camino we put on a '73 Blazer chassis, it looks/drives so awesome. I miss than damn thing.
     
  6. we already discussed this and basically came to the conclusion that Americans only tow boats and haul big loads of lumber. Americans don't want a truck that handles like a car because if you buy a truck you want something that handles like shit. And if they buy a ute then they won't be able to help their friend move his whole house in one go when the time comes.
     
  7. Please don't. I don't need Chevy ruining any more classic cars for me.
     
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  9. I don't see what the big deal about using the El-Camino name on a Pontiac. If Chevy gets upset they should DEAL with it. They decided to discontinue the name and they decided to not use it again.
     
  10. El Camino is a terrible name for a pontiac sport truck. Be a little creative guys.
     
  11. G5
    G6
    G8

    this will be GST or G8ST
     
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  13. I submited ''Sprint''.
     
  14. The big deal is you need to shu tthe #$%# up, you #%$got f body driver.
     
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  17. i hate utes.
     
  18. Yeah I put G8 ST
     
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  20. Well, apparently throwing a bed onto the back of a car is pretty creative, maybe this is the best they can do for the name too.
     
  21. hahaha, sport truck?
     
  22. I still don't like it, and I still think it will fail miserably. Look at all the attempts made to do this since they dropped the El Camino... they all failed. The closest thing that's worked along these lines are SUVs with beds... Which are basically just trucks with ugly styling.
     
  23. APPARENTLY, a 'base' looking model in Australia has been spotted with extra lights, and GMC badges......
     
  24. I can't believe no one really likes this thing. Of coarse its not practical but who cares. For one its good looking, that bed makes Christmas much easer each year, its fast. I dunno, you can haul stuff without having a hug gas guziling SUV. Overall, its a great looking car with a great powerplant.
     
  25. I wish I still had the high res pics with different angles <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>

    a 4WD El Camino with the original 396, it was so bad ass.
     

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