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There are quite a few small trucks and El Camino-Type vehicles being sold......OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES....

I just can't understand why smaller, fuel efficient trucks and truck-like vehicles are not available in this country...
 

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It looks great, I am pretty sure that he is one of the guys from the American hot rod series of the late Boyd Coddington.
 

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With a big-block hood like that, it's unlikely that it's Voltec under there. :)

edit: "8" for the supercharged 6-liter V-8 that rockets it down the road,
 

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It looks great, I am pretty sure that he is one of the guys from the American hot rod series of the late Boyd Coddington.
"Karlsson is best known from the years he spent working with legendary So Cal builder, Boyd Coddington, in the late '80s, and his appearances on the now-defunct TV show, "American Hot Rod.""
 

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There are quite a few small trucks and El Camino-Type vehicles being sold......OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES....

I just can't understand why smaller, fuel efficient trucks and truck-like vehicles are not available in this country...
Have you ever heard of the Chicken Tax?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_tax

To punish the germans (and apparently to quiet automotive unions,) during a trade wars about the cost of chickens in 1963 the government put a 25% import duty on light trucks. The chicken war eased, the rest of the duties have been removed, but the 25% on light trucks remains.

That killed the VW bus pickup in the US, caused the weird bolted on seats in the back of the Brat, and I believe is still the reason we don't import little trucks. Holden makes a car very similar to the El Camino on the same platform that they imported for the G8 - it'd be a natural choice, if not for the import duty.

According to the Wikipedia article, the Ford Transit is small enough to be affected - and they build them in Turkey with rear seats and seat belts, import them, and then take the rear seats out and shred them here in the US to avoid the duty.
 

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and here is the production Holden version in HSV form:

http://www.hsv.com.au/e3/MalooR8/


Basically the same platform as what the US is getting with the Chev SS.

There is a MalooR8 parked up the road from me as a 425kW version (I think that is the number, so it must be the supercharged version).


No import duty on LHD Holdens to the US as Chevs owing to the Fair Trade Agreement. Our very high exchange rate (not helped by US printing money) means this option is probably best only for specialist markets.
 

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