Effectively, I by accident went again in time once more. I used to be attempting to fish some lint out of the wall outlet with a butter knife and the following factor I knew, I awoke and George H.W. Bush was president. Don’t fear, I’m considerably certain I’m again within the current now and as soon as my sense of odor comes again, I believe I’ll be nice.
Anyway, I awoke in a Geo dealership in Towson, Maryland and all I might seize earlier than being warped again to the current was Geo’s product brochure promoting their first ever lineup of automobiles for the 1990 mannequin 12 months. Whereas the brochure is glowing and buzzing at a maddening frequency (in all probability from the time journey), I used to be in a position to peruse the relic I had acquired.
Geo held an attention-grabbing place within the Basic Motor hierarchy. Formally It was alleged to be Chevy’s cool and hip model for all the youngsters and their Sony Discmans. In the present day, it’s seen as Chevy’s weird try at a price range automotive model that they nonetheless haven’t apologized for. Geo lived a brief life from 1989 to 1997. Let’s bear in mind them by their first ever product lineup.
The primary automotive within the brochure is maybe Geo’s most remembered automotive, the Geo Metro. In all probability three individuals have ever checked out a Geo Metro and stated “Yeah, this was a good suggestion.” Geo had excessive hopes for the Metro. As the outline says, it’s a “enjoyable and frugal technique to go.” “Frugal” is the operative phrase right here as a result of Geo states that the Metro will get 53 miles-per-gallon within the metropolis. That was exceptional in 1990 however not stunning provided that the Metro was powered by a microscopic three-cylinder engine with someplace round 50-horsepower should you had two precise horses pulling it.
Subsequent is the Geo Prizm. Earlier than 1990, the one prism individuals knew about was the duvet artwork of a Pink Floyd album. This automotive typo actually doesn’t look horrible and the “Hatchback Sedan” mannequin appears to be like vaguely Saab-like in profile and I don’t instantly hate it. Geo’s touted that the Prizm had Scotchgard Cloth Protector as normal on the seats as a result of apparently “stain susceptible” was a standard attribute amongst Prizm consumers.
I’ll let Geo clarify the Storm for themselves.
“Geo Storm is the brand new technology of efficiency coupe, for a brand new technology of fanatics.
The form is aggressive, the know-how modern and the worth inexpensive.
Geo Storm 2 + 2 Coupe options embrace a spirited 12-valve engine, totally impartial suspension, folding rear seat and full analog instrumentation. A driver’s facet Supplemental Inflatable Restraint System (air bag) is an ordinary security function.
Geo Storm GSi is the full-blown Storm, that includes distinctive exterior and inside styling, a high-performance 16-valve engine and Sport Suspension.
Should you’ve been ready for a sports activities machine with this type of fashion and this type of efficiency, your Chevrolet/Geo supplier is ready for you.”
*The Storm additionally got here with Scotchgard.
Final is the Geo Tracker. The Tracker was truly cool and attention-grabbing as a result of it was a Suzuki Sidekick and had a goal aside from “be cheap.” It had a brief wheelbase and regarded fairly wild for 1990. Geo even had a disclaimer on the underside of the brochure that learn:
“…and though Geo Tracker has been designed with a large observe and broad stance, its versatile nature and excessive floor clearance additionally imply that it’s going to deal with considerably in a different way from a passenger automotive, particularly after you’ve got left our North American street system.”
I hope you’ve got loved your journey by time and bought to know Geo a bit higher. My sense of odor isn’t again but however I’ll determine it out. Have any of you gotten to know a Geo?
Correction: I erroneously stated that the Geo Tracker was the identical because the Suzuki Samurai. It’s truly a Suzuki Sidekick. The error has been fastened.