Your made-up cars.

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  1. CaptainZoll

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    2004 Ford Maverick/Ranger/Courier (depending upon the market)

    In this alternate timeline, Ford had a falling out with Mazda in the early 2000s, resulting in losing their license to build B-series trucks as the Courier/Ranger. Thus, they needed to come up with an alternative.

    Ford then took the presently in-development SX Territory, a falcon-based SUV aimed at the likes of the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90, and adapted it into a midsize truck by grafting the back half of a Falcon Ute chassis onto it.
    The Maverick (named for the Rebadged 80s Nissan Patrol which preceded it) also saw production in Southeast Asia and South Africa, where it was sold as the Courier.

    Buyers were initially skeptical of a semi-monocoque truck, and the Maverick never became a particularly iconic off-roading platform, but it did see relative success for commercial fleets, and mostly with buyers who rarely went offroad.
    The Maverick came standard with Ford Australia's "Barra" 4.0 Petrol I6, or optionally with Ford Europe's "Puma" 2.4 Diesel I4.
    for bodywork, it used a tub which shared many components with the smaller falcon Ute, notably the taillights, tailgate, and rear valance, and Available bodystyles included the Single Cab and Dual Cab.

    Then in 2008, Isuzu cut ties with GM, preventing them from building the Rodeo.
    Simultaneously, the Australian government provided funding to GM for a new "All Australian plant", to build an "All Australian vehicle" (whatever that meant).
    And after seeing the Success of the Maverick, GMH put these funds into a "high-body" Zeta Platform, which would be the basis for the Nullarbor SUV and the Pilbara Truck...
     
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  2. herb714

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    1976-2006 VAZ 3101/Lada 2000
    It is a rebadged version of the Fiat 132 built and sold by VAZ. VAZ wanted a car that was above the Zhiguli, but below the GAZ Volga. They decided to take the Fiat 132, modify it to be better on Soviet roads, and sell it. The 3101 used a 2 liter engine used in the Fiat 132 and a 5 speed manual or 3 speed automatic from 1976-1988, when it got a 2 liter M102 engine from the Mercedes-Benz W124 and a 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic from the W124. It was also facelifted in 1988. It was sold as the Lada 2000 outside of the USSR from 1981-2006. It was only available as a 4 door saloon.
     
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    1971-1980 Chevrolet Opala SS V8 327/Opala SS V8 327-S/Caravan SS V8 327-S

    In an alternative timeline, Chevrolet decided to release the Opala SS in Brazil in 1971 with the 327 small block V8 that used to be offered in America, in Australia and in Germany in the 1960s. With 225 hp, it was the most powerful car offered in Brazil at its time, and it became an instant classic. It was also a beast on track, winning races everywhere. When the Opala was facelifted in 1975, and facing competition from the Charger R/T and the Maverick GT 302, Chevrolet decided to upgrade the V8 engine, creating the 327-S engine, which developed 260 hp. With a weight advantage when compared to its competitors and more power than any car ever built in Brazil, the Opala SS V8 327-S is a legend to enthusiasts, being able to reach 240 kph and to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in less than 7 seconds. In 1978, Chevrolet decided to release the Caravan SS V8 327-S, which was the only V8-powered station wagon ever built in Brazil, and it's safe to say that it has anticipated the Audi RS2 Avant in more than 15 years. After 1980, due to low sales, Chevrolet stopped offering the SS, and the 327 V8 engine was now avaliable in the newly released Diplomata, the most luxurious version of the Opala.
     

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  4. GearHead1

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    Jensen Interceptor Mk.IV/Jenson FF2/Jenson C-R6/Jenson C-V8/Jensen FF3 1978-1984

    In 1973, British Leyland aquired Jensen. They had already killed of Austin-Healy, a sportscar oriened brand that was doing nothing but competing with MG and Triumph. Jensen was more upmarket, and already had ties to Austin and Wosely through Neale. The FF's ABS system was experimented with quite a bit by BL, and got to the XJS and SD1. Buisiness went on, with the Jensen-Healey Project (which was being developed at the time) being mergd with projects for the MGB secccessor and TR7 successor. The Interceptor III was going to be replaced by an SD1-based coupe, positioned just below the XJS. The new Interceptor IV was powered by the SD1's 3.5L V8, 2.4L I6, and 2.6L I6. It was based on a shortened SD1. It was available as a liftback or a convertible. There was also a 4WD variant, the FF2. In 1982, it was facelifted, renamed the CV8 (CR6/FF3-6 for the inline-6 versions), and the FF3 recieved triple LSDs.

     
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  5. herb714

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    1994-1996 Merkur Cosworth RS
    It is a rebadged version of the Ford Escort RS Cosworth sold by Ford through its Merkur brand in Lincoln-Mercury dealerships. After the success of the Merkur Scorpio and Fiesta RS1800, Ford decided to take the Escort RS Cosworth and modify it to be okay in the American market. It used a 2 liter Cosworth I4 which was modified to meet American emission regulations, with a 5 speed manual. 1000 were imported from Germany and 3500 were produced in Michigan. It wasn't sold as the Escort RS Cosworth because there was already a North American Ford Escort, which was related to the Mazda 323.
     
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  6. MrAnnoyingDude

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    Volkswagen Vista (1993-2011):


    Throughout the 1980s Volkswagen kept experimenting with the idea of a really cheap car for the Chinese market, one that could be sold for less than the Santana or Jetta. After obtaining a stake in Skoda, the German manufacturer decided to take the prototypical Skoda Favorit sedan and reengineer it into something better suited for the Chinese buyers' needs, including creating a front end reminiscent of the then-current Polo. The powertrain - a 1.3 I4 coupled to a 5-speed gearbox - was carried over from the regular Skoda.

    In 1993 the car entered the lineup of Volkswagen's Shanghai arm. The Vista was successful enough among both private and fleet (police, taxi) buyers that a station wagon version, named Vista Variant and based on the Skoda Forman, was introduced in 1995. In 2004 the car was facelifted and, in accordance with the Santana's nomenclature, renamed Vista 3000. Its new front styling was rather similar to the VW Fox, while the taillights resembled the VW Polo Classic units.

    The car was withdrawn in 2011, as decreasing sales made continued production hard to justify. Its indirect replacement was the Volkswagen Up.
     
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  7. herb714

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    1971-1987 Armstrong Siddeley Meteor
    It is a British luxury car built by Rolls-Royce's subsidiary Armstrong Siddeley. In 1965, Rolls-Royce bought Hawker Siddeley, which was a British aircraft company. Hawker Siddeley also owned Armstrong Siddeley, which made cars. Rolls-Royce decided to replace Bentley with Armstrong Siddeley because Bentleys weren't selling well. The Meteor is named after the Gloster Meteor, which is a jet fighter built by Gloster, which was a subsidiary of Hawker Siddeley. The Meteor is a variant of the Rolls-Royce Corniche. It used a 7 liter V8 and a 3 speed automatic. It was available as a 2 door coupe or 2 door convertible. About 8000 were produced at Armstrong Siddeley's Coventry plant. It was replaced in 1987 by a variant of the Rolls-Royce Corniche II.
     
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  8. GearHead1

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    2012-2019 Mercedes-Benz SL (Alternate R231)


    As the SL had been getting progressively more heavy and less competitive, Mercedes decided to bring it back to its roots as a light, 2-seat, racing oriented sportscar, and left the proper GT-car stuff to the CL and CLK. The new SL was able to get under 1600kg, and was very succesful in GT4, GTE/GTLM, and GT3 racing. It got a new generation in 2019. Models included-
    • SL 350- M276 DE35 3.5L N/A V6, 306hp, 273lb/ft, open diff, chrome grille and trim, optional 4matic, 7-speed auto
    • SL 400- as above, plus M276 DELA30 3.0L TT V6, 329hp, 354 lb/ft
    • SL 450- as above, plus M278 DEAL46 4.7L TT V8, 429hp, 516lb/ft, larger wheels
    • SL600- as above, plus M279 EL60 6.0L TT V12, 523hp, 612lb/ft, 9-speed auto, low wing
    • SL55 AMG- SL350 plus M157 DEAL55 5.5L TT V8, 530hp, 590lb/ft, widebody, black trim and wheels,hidden active deploying spoiler (like on IRL AMG GTS), 11 in brakes, 19 in wheels, downforce undertray, and adaptive sport suspension, 7-speed dual-clutch or 6-speed manual, tinted headlights, and tinted tailights, 4-mode exhaust, unique AMG interior
    • SL55s AMG- As above, plus M157 DEAL55 5.5L TT V8, 570hp, 590lb/ft, eLSD, different exhaust tips
    • SL65 AMG- SL55s, plus M279 EL60 6.0L TT V12, 603hp, 664lb/ft, and different hood.
    In 2017 there was an update that included all-aluminum panels on AMG models to further reduce weight. Models included-
    • SL 300- M256 E30 DEH LA GR 3.0L Twincharged I6, 362hp, 369lb/ft, open diff, chrome grille and trim, optional 4matic, 9-speed auto or 7-speed dual-clutch
    • SL 300 EQ Mild Hybrid- as above, plus M256 E30 DEH LA GR 3.0L Twincharged I6 + 48V (21hp, 184lb/ft) Mild Hybrid EQ Boost, 383hp, 553lb/ft
    • SL350 EQ Mild Hybrid- as above, plus M256 E30 DEH LA G 3.0L Twincharged I6 + 48V (21hp, 184lb/ft) Mild Hybrid EQ Boost, 450hp, 568lb/ft
    • SL 400- as above, plus M176 DE40 LA 4.0L TT V8, 463hp, 516lb/ft, larger wheels, low wing, nicer interior
    • SL 400 EQ Mild Hybrid- as above, plus M176 DE40 LA 4.0L TT V8 + 48V (20hp, 133lb/ft) Mild Hybrid EQ Boost, 483hp, 649lb/ft
    • SL40 AMG- as above, plus M178 4.0L TT V8, 515hp, 494lb/ft, widebody, black trim and wheels, hidden active deploying spoiler (like on IRL AMG GTS), 11 in brakes, 19 in wheels, downforce undertray, and adaptive sport suspension, unique AMG interior, 7-speed dual-clutch or 6-speed manual, tinted headlights, and tinted tailights, 4-mode exhaust
    • SL40s AMG- As above, plus M157 DEAL55 5.5L TT V8, 577hp, 516lb/ft, eLSD, different exhaust tips
    • SL40s AMG GT4 Evo- As above, plus GT4 bodykit and wing, carbon-ceramic brakes, GT4 EVO graphics, etc. Dropped in 2018 when SLK got GT4 duty.
    • SL60s AMG- SL40s, plus M279 EL60 6.0L TT V12, 621hp, 738lb/ft, and different hood.
    • SL60s AMG Black Series- as above, plus M 279 E 60 AL 6.0L TT V12, 661hp, 738lb/ft, ducktail spoiler, even wider widebody, carbon-fiber 18 in wheels, black accents, carbon-ceramic 12 in brakes
    • SL63 AMG GT3 Evo- SL40s GT4 Evo, plus M159 6.2L N/A V8, 725hp, 479lb/ft and GT3 EVO graphics
     
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    1973-1976 Kaiser 1500
    It is a compact car built by British Leyland and sold by AMC's subsidiary, Kaiser-Frazer-Jeep. In 1970, AMC bought Kaiser Jeep and decided to revive the Kaiser and Frazer marques. Frazer made mid-level luxury cars that competed with Buick, Mercury, and Oldsmobile. Kaiser sold cheap, fuel efficient cars that competed with Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, Datsun, and Opel. AMC decided to take the Morris Marina and sell it as a Kaiser. The car used a 1.5 liter BMC E Series I4 engine used in the Australian Leyland Marina. It was only available as a sedan, but there were plans to import the coupe and estate. The car sold well at first, as it was released 3 months before the 1973 oil crisis. By the end of 1974, 45000 were sold. By 1975, significant issues with the car, like its understeer and unreliability, started to get noticed. From 1975 to 1976, about 12000 were sold. It was discontinued in 1976 and was replaced by the Kaiser Colt Lancer, which was a rebadged Mitsubishi Lancer, and the Kaiser Colt Sigma, which was a rebadged Mitsubishi Galant.
     
  10. MrAnnoyingDude

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    Instead of thinking about individual models, I had some thoughts on how GM could have structured its brand lineup if the companion makes had survived.

    - Low priced - Chevrolet,

    - Lower-medium priced - Pontiac, plus Marquette as a less sporty, more mature alternative to it, offering Buick's image at a slightly lower price and expanded to lower segments.

    - Upper-medium priced - Buick and Oldsmobile, plus Oakland as a sportier B/O alternative, basically a more expensive Pontiac (think differently-badged Grand Ville, or a Firebird-based Cougar rival).

    - Entry-level luxury - Viking and LaSalle, with Viking placed slightly lower. The former would be the more stately brand, selling cars for those who want something nice, but less flashy than a Cadillac. The latter would be aimed at younger buyers who either can't afford a Cadillac or want something more youthful.

    - Luxury - Cadillac.
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    Given the very tight relationship between Chrysler and Mitsubishi, I doubt that any of Chrysler's rivals would have sold a Mitsu product.
     
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    2008-2013 NextMove Crow

    In 2006, businessmen Igor Suchánek and André Ganzeboom started the Dutch-Czech car manufacturer NextMove. Two years later, they released their launch model, the Crow. It was meant to take on the Renault Clio, Peugeot 206+/207/208, Skoda Fabia, VW Polo and Seat Ibiza. The car was available as a 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, for eastern europe and between 2008 and 2011, a 5-door sedan and between 2008 and 2011, as a 5-door station wagon. In 2011, the car got a facelift. In 2013, NextMove was fully taken over by Volkswagen and Skoda, marking the end of a 7 year era of NextMove.

    Levels:
    -Basis: Lots of plastic, 2 airbags, radio, starting at €15.000
    -Comfort: Cruise Control, 4 airbags, touchscreen (2011-2013), starting at €19.000
    -Limited: Automatic, Adaptive Cruise Control, rain sensor, starting at €23.000

    The car was available with the following engines:
    -1.0 PBI Petrol (Basis, manual)
    -1.2 PTI Petrol Turbo (Basis&Comfort, manual & automatic)
    -1.2 DTI Diesel Turbo (Comfort, manual & automatic)
    -1.2 Gas (Comfort, only available in the 2008 model year and only as 5-door hatchback)
    -1.4 HP Hybrid Petrol (Comfort, only in the 2009 market year and only as 5-door hatchback and station, automatic)
    -1.6 FPTI Petrol Turbo (Comfort, sportier, manual)
    -1.6 PTI Petrol Turbo (Comfort&Limited, manual&automatic)
    -1.8 PTI Petrol Turbo (Limited, automatic)
    -2.0 DTI Diesel Turbo (Limited, automatic)

    Photo's of the 2008-2011 trims (pre-facelift)


    Photo's of the 2011-2013 facelift:


    (more NextMove cars coming soon :))
     
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