To the Editor:
I agree with Mike Colias ("3 reasons Chevy expects a revival in small pickups," Nov. 25) that General Motors' new mid-sized Colorado offers much improved styling missing from the market for years, and I believe GM's new pickups will be well received in the marketplace.
However, I also believe that a market exists for a variation of those vehicles. Many consumers desire high fuel economy -- 40 mpg -- for commuting plus the occasional utility of a truck bed.
I'm thinking of lighter unibody designs, front-wheel drive, smaller four-cylinder engines and cargo capacity of 1/4 ton or so. Having seating for three adults also would be very desirable.
There is nothing new about such vehicles. They were offered to the public three decades ago. Think Dodge Rampage, Subaru Brat, VW Rabbit pickup and, to a lesser extent, the Chevrolet El Camino and Ford Ranchero.
Maybe the time is right for a rebirth of these vehicles.
The writer is an independent industrial designer.