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    GM reportedly not committing to update/redesign existing SUVs, big trucks

    General Motors is postponing redesigning its SUVs and full-sized trucks as it shifts its product portfolio toward more fuel-efficient vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Thursday.

    GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson told the newspaper the car maker was "looking at the whole product portfolio," and deciding how to supply the U.S. market with more fuel-efficient cars.

    GM will extend the life cycle of its current line-up of pickup trucks and SUVs, including the Cadillac Escalade SUV and the Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

    New designs of GM trucks and SUVs had not been expected to be released until at least 2012, the newspaper said.

    GM also has considered cancelling one future Hummer SUV product and shutting down another brand, the paper said, citing people briefed on its strategy.

    Shares in automakers stumbled on Wednesday as investors reacted to a further slowdown in June auto sales and uncertainty about when the industry will bottom.

    Consumers have pulled back on auto purchases -- especially larger SUVs and trucks -- as U.S. gasoline prices moved above $4 per gallon.

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    Re: GM reportedly not committing to update/redesign existing SUVs, big trucks

    The past returns. Remember the 1973 Pickup/full-size SUV platform? This platform remained virtually untouched during the 1970s (due to the two oil crises) with only a slight front end updates in the 1980s. The new platform did not come out until 1988. In other words the 1973 platform lasted 15 years and a few more on the Suburban and Blazer (since their update to the 1988 platform did not occur until a few years later).

    So I would expect the new 2007 GM Pickup/full-size SUV will probably not get an update until 2022 if the platform does not get cancelled before that. With the upcoming CAFE increases, we may see the future full-size pickup truck 10 years from now being no bigger than a Dodge Dakota.


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    Re: GM reportedly not committing to update/redesign existing SUVs, big trucks

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete
    The past returns. Remember the 1973 Pickup/full-size SUV platform? This platform remained virtually untouched during the 1970s (due to the two oil crises) with only a slight front end updates in the 1980s. The new platform did not come out until 1988. In other words the 1973 platform lasted 15 years and a few more on the Suburban and Blazer (since their update to the 1988 platform did not occur until a few years later).

    So I would expect the new 2007 GM Pickup/full-size SUV will probably not get an update until 2022 if the platform does not get cancelled before that. With the upcoming CAFE increases, we may see the future full-size pickup truck 10 years from now being no bigger than a Dodge Dakota.

    I agree; especially as regards the "tarted up" trucks/SUVs that were not being used for work but just to haul suburban types around. Basic 1500/2500 work trucks are another matter - but I think the large SUV (excepting a few very high end models) will be extinct within three years.




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    Re: GM reportedly not committing to update/redesign existing SUVs, big trucks

    If they went back to the size of the 1988 C/K, that would be a good place for that line, rather than the behemoths they have today.

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    Re: GM reportedly not committing to update/redesign existing SUVs, big trucks

    I think even the full-size work trucks could bite the dust. Look over in Europe which has had very high fuel prices for years, their work trucks and vans were always much smaller than the ones we had in the US. If fuel prices continue to rise you'll start to see plumbing vans that were once full-size Chevy or Ford vans now being dodge minivans with 4 cylinder motors. And the contractors with big Chevy, Ford, and Dodge trucks, could be driving Isuzu Pup sized pickups in a few short years. High fuel prices are putting the pinch on everyone.

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    Re: GM reportedly not committing to update/redesign existing SUVs, big trucks

    Yeah, but Sprinters and Ford Transits are popular in Europe too. This class of van usually has a 2.5 liter diesel, but they're not small vans by any means.

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    Re: GM reportedly not committing to update/redesign existing SUVs, big trucks

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete
    I think even the full-size work trucks could bite the dust. Look over in Europe which has had very high fuel prices for years, their work trucks and vans were always much smaller than the ones we had in the US. If fuel prices continue to rise you'll start to see plumbing vans that were once full-size Chevy or Ford vans now being dodge minivans with 4 cylinder motors. And the contractors with big Chevy, Ford, and Dodge trucks, could be driving Isuzu Pup sized pickups in a few short years. High fuel prices are putting the pinch on everyone.
    It's very probable.... sigh.

    Aren't you glad we got to enjoy the "good times" for awhile?

    Guys Damen's age and younger are SOL....

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