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MICROTRUCKS ON THE WAY!
Saying the midsized truck of today is like saying America still has a middle class. The smallest compact truck out is the aging Ranger and it's size is a bit large for the average homeowner who needs to get a few bags of mulch or some paving bricks.
With the popularity of home make over shows promoting the super hardware chains, people need a teeny tiny truck to do light duty hauling. The MIICROTRUCK is it. Who uses the back seat of their Mini Cooper anyway?
If they play their "cars" right, rumors of Scion's fuse based Xp may fill the niche! That's if Chevy or Dodge doesn't catch the buzz first, chopping up their HHR and Cruiser. "Bring it on!" It's a nobrainer. There is a need for an inexpensive alternative to getting our not so mini vans and small car trunks dirty. A second (or only) vehicle that is great on gas, has a small footprint and is styled with the latest cutting edge designs seems impossible to ignore. Jeep and Hummer are focusing on midsized trucks to be released in the next year or two. Very cool, but not so practical or eco friendly.
The return of the bench seat would be a must. A cramped 3 seater is much better in a pinch than having two buckets. A parent could get the youngsters to the doctors and a third teen could catch a ride to the mall with friends. A flip up or back of the seat could provide hidden storage or room for stereo equipment. With the sky roof craze, a removable top panel and rear slider would be "killer." Front or rear wheel drive, doesn't matter. Just push the rear wheels as far back as they can go for balance. A rear driver would be fun though in such a small, light package. Doughnut city! Hauling a sheet of plywood could be possible with some add on racks or extenders of some sort. On top of the bed for sure. Let the engineers figure that one out.
What more is there to say? What are they waiting for? My 70 year old neighbor would have bought one, so would the kid down the street with the bike racks on his Civic. Florists, Auto shop deliverers...... Let the automakers know since only Scion seems to be thinking about this sure to be MICROTRUCK craze. Just take the top off of the new xb. I could get an arborvitae or tall dresser home in one piece!