Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Paul asks: What do you think about the Pontiac Fiero?
My reply: The Fiero’s story is a tragedy on par with anything Shakespeare came up with. In concept, it was brilliant. A composite-bodied and mid-engined affordable sporty commuter car. But cost-cutting (and jealousy from Chevy, which saw the Fiero as a threat to the Corvette) turned it into a plastic-bodied Chevette, at least initially. Some of the cheap-outs were addressed as the car’s life progressed, but because it arrived on the market so badly compromised its reputation never recovered and that ultimately sealed its doom. I devoted an entire chapter to this car in my book, Automotive Atrocities – which I think you can still get on Amazon.
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