What did The General need most of all in the late 1980s? You got it, another marque! All those Suzukis and Toyotas being built in California and Ontario needed friendly Detroit-style badging, not to mention those Japan-built Isuzus.
The once-bustling GM-Toyota New United Motors plant, located at the northeastern edge of the area known as Silicon Valley and about 25 miles down the freeway from Chez Murilee, shut down on Friday.
The Geo Prizm - a California-built Toyota Sprinter (aka Japan-market luxo-Corolla)- was a great car and all, but (like so many front-wheel-drive subcompacts) it suffered from the lack of a truck bed. Luckily, the world is full of ingenious folks with Sawzall in one hand and Master Cylinder of Schlitz in the other, and…