GM’s new superman (Lutz) got the old-fogey corporation to turn out a realistic one-off concept car in just 18 weeks. The sinewy two seat roadster and coupe rode on the front suspension of the plebeian Pontiac Grand Am and the rear suspension of the Buick Rendezvous.
That’s right, new product messiah Bob Lutz’s personal project, the hit of the Detroit Auto show, was a parts bin car. It started life on the Chevy Cavalier platform, long a target automotive gag writers. Its engine was a modified version of the ‘then’ new EcoTEc found in Cavaliers, Sunfires, and Saturns. The four cylinder rests on the engine mounts of a Chevy TrailBlazer. Its brakes were from the Cadillac CTS. It’s a compelling car from a collection of not so compelling parts.