However, thoughts of the way that GM managed to pass its bad-management virus to Toyota got me to thinking that perhaps NUMMI was the vector by which this virus hopped the ocean… and then my thoughts turned to the very small number of interesting vehicles to come out of the GM-Toyota partnership in Northern California.
The Corolla GT-S FX16, of course, but there's no guilt whatsoever about owning an FX16; just about every car freak in the world acknowledges the FX16's inherent coolness, and this it does not qualify for this series.
But how about the Geo-badged version of the hot AE92 Corolla, the Prizm GSi? The Prizm (or, as nearly all Craigslist sellers spell it, the Prism) was built on the same assembly line as the Corolla, using damn near all the same parts… and yet the GM-ness of the marque made buyers shun the badge-engineered Corolla clone.
1990 Geo Prizm GSi
I've been waiting to see one of these in a 24 Hours of LeMons race, and now I'm actually contemplating searching for "PRISM" on Craigslist and seeing if I can score a deal on a GSi.