Let's say you're in South Africa and you just can't get your hands on a good vintage 1956 Mercedes-Benzamino (or, in the local parlance, a Mercedes-Benz Bakkie). Fortunately, The General sells a Gamma-platform-based bakkie known as the Opel Corsa Utility. Sure, it's front-wheel-drive, but it's a factory-built car with a truck bed nonetheless. Thanks to Franzouse for the tip! [GM South Africa]
Practical or not, I don't think it would sell well in the states. It makes more sense than a full size truck for someone who only occasionally "needs" a truck, but mostly just commutes. But a wagon makes more sense still. For most of the population, there is more frequency in needing to haul more people than to haul more "stuff". And nobody is buying wagons. Americans don't care about "practical".
@htrodblder: if buyers can (afford to) have multiple vehicles, why not have a full size truck waiting int he wings for occasional hauling duty, and have a small fun cheap car for the commute? Unless your job requires frequent hauling of a few hundred pounds of stuff daily. Then bring on the mini-utes.