Way back in the day... I had an artist submit his rendition of a three axled Fiero truck - with a short hardwood lined bed aft of the engine.
' Artist was named "KENNER" - He was a toy designer that submitted this idea at a time when the Fiero was still being produced.
PMD reviewed this idea - and laughed it off,
"Unviable - not enough sales possible to justify a production run."
`Robert "Bob" Tropolski <sp?>
Pontiac first threatened the Chevrolet Corvette with the Fiero, it *could* have been a mid engined Corvette for Christ's sake!
- and it had the potential to usurped Chevrolet's El Camino - on a Dodge Rampage scale.
GM's largest division, at the time, was very fearful of what the Fiero could cost them, in terms sales dollars, early on.
Chevrolet's voting Brass never gave any support to our little two seater at the Division's annual 'Round Table'*.
*Annual meeting of the top brass representing: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, etc.
Our Fiero challenged Chevrolet's annual sales volume of some 22,000 sales units of Corvettes/per year - right out of the gate...
- well over 100,000 Fiero's built, AND SOLD, the very first year!
It scared the *hit out of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Allow it to challenge the El Camino? Absolutely not!
Chevrolet was so fearful of the P car platform that they always refused to embrace it - or even incorporate it - into any of their production lines...
'Who says our little two seater wasn't bad assed back in the day?
The King, Chevrolet Motor Division, was afraid of it.
'Nuff said. If you're lucky enough to have one today, enjoy it.
Government Motors isn't smart enough today to ever build anything like it in the near future.
But back to this thread: The Fiero was envisioned as an El Camino type truck at one time by an innovative toy designer named "KENNER".
"I think I will never see; a Fiero as it was meant to be."
(from the factory, that is).
'Hulki stacked cardboard boxes and kept the idea going forward, Entech executed a brilliant chassis, Folden did an awesome body, the UAW gave the labor concessions.It is criminal the American Icon of the automotive industry would loose sight of building America's automobiles and, instead, cater to the shareholder's greedy need to see an instant return on their investment dollars - at the expense of loosing their market shares.
[This message has been edited by 85GT3.4Track4spdCar (edited 05-06-2011).]