Concept Car of the Week: Ford Splash & Pontiac Stinger (1989)


The end of the 1980s saw the launch of two concept cars for the endless summer – the Ford Splash and Pontiac Stinger. Car Design News takes a look at these overlooked projects

In the late 1980s the last of the Baby Boomers and the older of the Gen-Xers were at an age where they were considering their first new car purchase. It was a ‘Mustang moment’ for a new generation. But the Mustang, though still on offer at the Ford dealers, did not hold the novelty or cachet that it had a generation before.

This new generation was looking for a car or truck that could be a fun everyday car, and also a sporty activity vehicle which could tackle anything from surfing and mountain biking to back country off-roading  It was the beginning of the Sports Utility era, one that would soon spawn the likes of the Nissan Pathfinder and Xterra, Suzuki Samurai and Dodge Raider/Mitsubishi Pajero, among others.

Ford and GM had spotted the emerging trend, and decided to create concept cars that would draw the interest of a new generation of buyers…

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