El Camino is a possibility

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

  1. I agree. For someone like me, it's the prefect combination of car and truck. I don't need a work truck, but I do need a truck for occasional things around the house. With this, I'd have both, a car for every day, and a truck when I need it. Americans have been moving from the SUV to the crossovers lately, and with rising gas prices, something like this would fill a developing niche.
  2. This thing would be good for hauling bikes.
  3. HAHA, its ugly though...
    its just really ugly.
    Id rather have a nice car and a beater truck.
    Not a combo of the both, its a weird concept.
  4. It's not all that weird, at least I don't think so. Looking back at the el camino, and Ranchero of the late 1950's thru late 1970's (or early 1980's?), it had quite a run, and was very popular. Aussies have been driving them for years too, so the concept, in my opinion, isn't all that weird. Plus, it saves us from having to buy a regular truck, and lower it to car levels <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  5. I really cant believe that people think utes are uglier than trucks, despite trucks having big, bulky, fat, block, non-sleek designs.
    I dont think trucks are ugly, but I certainly do not think they're generally prettier than utes.

    I guess its because Americans see utes as a half car/truck, when I personally never even thought of them being that until I heard some Americans say that.
    To me and other Aussies .... its a ute .... thats what utes look like. Never thought of them being a half of anything.
  6. americans are just weird thats all
  7. any one got ideas as in pics or renderings of what it might look like?
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  9. Quote from danno
  11. yeah pretty much
  13. It's true though! If you want a car... buy a car. If you want a truck... BUY A TRUCK. If you don't need a 1/2 ton there's always a compact truck. I guess the thing is that I see it as a 2 way compromise where you're losing either the extra passenger space, or the extra hauling ability... Whereas Asstralians see it as GAINING extra hauling ability over a car. It's kind of "Is the glass half empty, or half full?" kind of a thing. I just see how it's neither a good car or a good truck rather than it's OK at fitting both bills. I prefer something that's an ace at what it does, not a jack of all trades.
  14. What if you dont want a car or a truck .... what if you want a UTE? derrr

    Australians dont see utes as gaining hauling ability over a car. We simply see them as comfortable/easy/fun work vehicles that carry more than enough of what a large portion of us need to carry.

    - carrying more than 1 passenger
    - driving over rough terrain
    - carrying alot of things/heavy things
    - more money
    If the potential buyer doesnt need these things, I'm really puzzled as to why a person would choose a Ford Ranger over a Ford Falcon ute.
    That said, I'd say the large majority of urban workers DONT need those things.

    Utes do what they do perfectly, which is the intention of being a comfortable second vehicle for the average worker.

    And a V8 sports model? cheap way for a bloke to have both his fun vehicle and work vehicle in one. Yes the compromise is lack of a back seat when your out having fun with friends, but it was cheaper than the sedan, and you dont need to buy an extra vehicle for work and pay its registration and insurance costs too.

    Your problem is in thinking that its a half vehicle, and either needs to be a good car (have 5 seats), and/or needs to be a good truck (carry more than it does) ....... but utes have their own name for a reason ..... a ute is judged on whether is a good UTE or not, not whether its a good car or truck.
    If a ute drives like crap, and doesnt haul more than its sedan counterpart .......... THEN its fail.
    If it drives great and hauls more than its sedan counterpart, then the ute is doing exactly what it was made for, and what every Australian has always expected them to do.
    Not half arsedly attempting anything.

    I'm pretty sure I, and other Aussies have said all this before <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>
  17. Yeah its true you could have fun with a ute on/outside of work, I guess a lot of people here like their lifted trucks too, or just straight offroad machines, while still being able to carry shit for their work.

    I think there probably is a market for the ute.
  18. What happens when you're not that thirsty and you really only want half a glass of water?
  19. hop in your lifted pick-up truck and drive your fat ass to the nearest drive-thru and order a huge ass Coke.

  20. And then do mega burnouts in the parking lot while blasting a double barrel out the window.
  21. You know, if you ordered Diet instead of Regular, it means you could have about twelve times as much without changing your chances of premature death. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
  22. No, the Ute resembles a slipper. If they didn't leave the bed and hood flush with each other this wouldn't be an issue, just arch up the bed a bit like the el camino and it would be fine.

    The Ute is no more sleek than a late model Lightning.
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    american: Gimme 12 litre o' cola.
    drive-thru: What?
    american: [Annoyed] 12 litre o' cola.
    drive-thru: [into mic] Litrecola? Do we sell litrecola?
  24. "The Ute is no more sleek than a late model Lightning."

    made me <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/disappointed.gif"></A>

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