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Tiny little SUV

I saw an ad for an SUV that looked like a miniature pickup truck. The ad has some people driving up to the edge of a cliff and rappelling off into a valley with a river.

Only, I forgot the name of the truck. The lease was $99 a month.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about? It was made by some Asian company, and it had some weird name (not the Honda Element, but along those lines).
Permalink Ø 
January 29th, 2006 7:33pm
This forum needs unicode support. My O with a line through it isn't showing up.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 7:34pm
Could be the Honda Ridgeline.
Permalink Send private email John Haren 
January 29th, 2006 7:39pm
No, it was much smaller than that. I think it was a two seater.

I guess I'll see the ad again eventually.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 7:44pm
Nissan X-Terra?
Permalink Send private email example 
January 29th, 2006 7:48pm
No no, I think it's newer than either of those.

I was surfing autoblog hoping to find it, but I just don't see it.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 7:49pm
Has anyone seen the ad for some 4x4 driving up out of the ocean with the warning: "Vehicle not designed for underwater use" ?

So close to another Darwin award...

philo
Permalink Send private email Philo 
January 29th, 2006 7:58pm
That's the Jeep Commander, Philo..

To the OP, where did you see this ad?  US?  Elsewhere?
Permalink Send private email Jacob 
January 29th, 2006 8:03pm
US. I think it was while watching Voyager reruns.

The truck looked real stripped down and small, almost like it wouldn't be street legal, but I guess it has to be.

I've been to Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Kia, Nissan, Isuzu's websites and nothing.

Strange.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:08pm
Way back in the late-80s, when the Chevrolet Baretta was introduced the ad campaign included it swimming underwater like a shark. We had a family friend who sincerely commented that it's pretty cool that the car could drive underwater.
Permalink Send private email Dennis Forbes 
January 29th, 2006 8:08pm
Maybe Mazda, Daewoo..
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 29th, 2006 8:29pm
I'm assuming it wasn't the Baja?
http://www.subaru.com/shop/configurator/step1.jsp?model=BAJA&year=2006
Permalink Send private email Jacob 
January 29th, 2006 8:29pm
Nope. Not Mazda, not Daewoo.

Maybe it doesn't exist. Maybe it was a dream and I'm meant to get into automotive design.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:30pm
..Subaru, Suzuki
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 29th, 2006 8:31pm
It was much boxier, really sort of element-esque, and I swear the thing looked tiny, like if it was a boat, it would be a tugboat. Smaller than a Rav 4. And it looked like a 2 seater.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:31pm
I hit suzuki. Checking Subaru now.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:31pm
Are you talking about the Scion?

http://www.scion.com/
Permalink Send private email Dennis Forbes 
January 29th, 2006 8:32pm
Nope.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:32pm
Actually you said pickup...so forget that.

The Scion "truck" is a hilarious vehicle though, and supposedly has tremendous utility.
Permalink Send private email Dennis Forbes 
January 29th, 2006 8:33pm
Nope.

They were really playing up the offroad capabilities, which I don't think the Scion emphasizes.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:33pm
*This* Suzuki toy?

http://www.parkers.co.uk/choosing/carreviews/printview.aspx?model_id=870
Permalink trollop 
January 29th, 2006 8:34pm
from later posts, naaaah -- probably not.
Permalink trollop 
January 29th, 2006 8:35pm
OMG that's hilarious, like a Fisher Price "My First SUV."

It was a metallic gray and had a sort of "exposed parts" look.

The more I look for this thing, the more I think it doesn't really exist.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:36pm
and it's not this either.

http://www.autoblog.com/2005/10/04/nissan-cube-coming-to-the-u-s/

Cute though it may be.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:39pm
How about this one:

http://www.allautoreviews.com/auto_reviews/isuzu/isuzu-vehicross.htm
Permalink Send private email Jacob 
January 29th, 2006 8:39pm
Nope.

You know what, I give up. I'm convinced it doesn't exist.

And if I see the commercial again, I'll take closer note of the name.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:41pm
You'll find out it was an ad for dessert pastries.
Permalink Send private email Philo 
January 29th, 2006 8:43pm
Mmmm pastries.
Permalink O with a line through it 
January 29th, 2006 8:44pm
There's this one:

http://trucks.about.com/od/conceptcars/ss/jeep_gladiator.htm

and this one:

http://trucks.about.com/library/photo/bl_jeep_d5_03.htm

But I don't know if either of those are rolling into production yet... (And I bet that they wouldn't be as cheap as in the commercial)
Permalink Send private email Jacob 
January 29th, 2006 8:51pm

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