Geo Tracker Hugger

Photo by Paul Balze

Photo by Paul Balze

What's a rare vehicle? Well, my litmus test is simple: if there's more evidence for Jesus than a particular vehicle, it's probably pretty rare. With just three photos of the Geo Tracker Hugger—and two of them slightly different versions of the same image—well, I'd say it's long since been recycled to make screen door hinges and cat litter trays.

First, this what the General Motors styling studio was cranking out in 1990…let that sink in for a moment. With colours from Nerf and leather seats fitted to a trucklet with no roof and holes in its doors, the outcome is not exactly tasteful. (This is the year the studio graced us with the GMC Transcend, so it's hard to believe the Hugger was an anomaly.)

What do we know about the Hugger is thanks to (presumably) an intern at Popular Mechanics, who wrote a few paragraphs on the 'ute in 1990:

"The Hugger exercise on the Geo Tracker convertible is definitely not for introverts. Its screaming zonker fluorescent paint job could easily be a landing beacon for UFOs.

The designers went for a fun, rugged look here in creating a really basic recreational vehicle like the original Jeep. They muscled up the front end with a fibreglass version of the full-size CK pickup grille and tube bumpers. The Tracker designers also achieved an open-air look by eliminating the top, chucking away the rear seats, hardware, and carpeting, making for a 2-seat minipickup."

If you think this is bad, well, there's always the Geo Tracker Back Pack…and the Geo dancers (video below).

If anyone at Scion is reading this: seriously, stop taking notes. People don't want this junk