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Old 06-02-2010, 12:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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GM's 100MPG car from 1982

You all have probably seen this many times, but for those who haven't; I found this in Hot Rod Mag; in the Nov. issue 2006. Sorry for the wrinkles, I carry this with me and show everybody I meet. They can build them, they just don't want to.


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Looks like it is not much different than the late 80s Metro. Might be where the idea came from. The Metro might be what resulted from getting it up to safety standards of the time. Since they said they couldn't actually do it even with 1982 safety standards.
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Looks like it is not much different than the late 80s Metro. Might be where the idea came from. The Metro might be what resulted from getting it up to safety standards of the time. Since they said they couldn't actually do it even with 1982 safety standards.
GM didn't make the "geo" though.
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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GM didn't make the "geo" though.
No, but they did make the Chevy Sprint, the Geo predecessor.
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I think it almost looks like a mini-CRX.
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No side view mirrors -- how did they solve that? Interior mirrors? I saw a car with interior mirrors that are set into smooth bubbles in the side glass... A nearly perfect solution, I think?

The wheel openings are HUGE! They could have been tightened up and reduce the drag a fair bit...
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GM didn't "make" it but they did some portion of the development and it was built to their specs. That's my understanding of it anyway...

You are looking at the granddaddy of the Metro right there...
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The blurb makes it sound as though it would have required "extra horsepower" to meet regulations. Which makes me wonder just how much (little) power it produced!
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No, but they did make the Chevy Sprint, the Geo predecessor.
That one was a re-badged Suzuki as well.

GM "made" the later Geos in the sense that they entered into a manufacturing arrangement with Suzuki to build the cars in an Ontario plant. They had design input as well.
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... They can build them, they just don't want to.
Of course they can.
I can't even begin to remember how many vehicles got owned by somebody smarter than mr. rich and "17mpg for everybody"...

..and the boxer engine. That too is so obviously buried while being godly .. it's just sickening to ponder.
...gear ratios too, it is just never ending. the more they try socialist, the more they are committed to suicide and taking the public with it.

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