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Old 03-26-2015, 05:11 PM   #1
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Coupe Utilities

Riddle me this: why aren't coupe utilities available in the US anymore? I'm in Mexico for the month and I've seen Chevrolet, Fiat, and VW coupe utilities everywhere. I looked online out of curiosity and these things can be had from 12.5k to 15.5k NEW, get up to 28 MPG, and haul 1,500 lbs. of cargo. I'd say that's a hell of a bargain. Can't tell if they're AWD or not.

I see VW also makes a full size quad cab which is nice. Ford Rangers still exist, too.

Why does the rest of the world get all the good stuff?!
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:30 PM   #2
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Taxes, tariffs, the EPA, safety standards, etc.
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:40 PM   #3
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Chicken tax, even Ford has to do some BS to get around it for some of their cars.

But beyond that for how many years have we (Americans) just wanted bigger, and bigger cars. The trend for smaller ones has only just started to pick up steam these last few years. Plus in general people like 4 over 2 doors so it's cheaper to just make a single model.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:02 PM   #4
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Huh, just learned something. Never heard of the chicken tax before. Thanks.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:47 PM   #5
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Yup, the Chicken Tax hits the Ford Transit Connect.
They are all made in Turkey as passenger vans. Back seats and windows.
They hit Stateside and the seats are removed, the glass windows replaced with steel panels, the the 'new' cargo van is shipped to your local dealer!

Subaru Brat got around it with those rearward facing seats bolted into the bed.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:00 PM   #6
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That's a 10' Kayak for perspective.
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No back seats at all. (I have an Army Cot back there)
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:24 PM   #7
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Yup, the Chicken Tax hits the Ford Transit Connect.
They are all made in Turkey as passenger vans. Back seats and windows.
They hit Stateside and the seats are removed, the glass windows replaced with steel panels, the the 'new' cargo van is shipped to your local dealer!

Subaru Brat got around it with those rearward facing seats bolted into the bed.
All true, except that the 2nd gen (2013-) Transit Connect is made in Valencia, Spain.
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Old Yesterday, 02:16 PM   #8
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I personally liked the Fiat and VW ones. Here's a Chevy Tornado.



All I would need to do is make a cage so I can haul plywood/sheetrock and I'm good to go. Still good enough to haul the bikes, too.
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You might want to check out the Hyundai Santa Cruz concept:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...hlight=hyundai
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We were in Mexico in the '80s and I could not believe all the 4-door Nissan pickups running around. At the time, I owned an '86 Nissan standard cab and thought Nissan could have captured the market if they'd bring in the 4-doors. The only ones here were the big, ugly, utilitarian crew cab Dodges and Fords. This was waaay before the stylin' began.

VW also made the watercooled inline-4 gas engine its van engine and they were everywhere, too. Meanwhile, we got the waterboxer Vanagon that most people reviled.
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That's a 10' Kayak for perspective.
Nissan NV200
No back seats at all. (I have an Army Cot back there)
Very nice Kayak
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