Geo Storm

No one was even probably aware that Geo ever made a sports car. Yet, they did, and they named it the Geo Storm. This sports compact car was manufactured by Isuzu and sold in the United States by General Motors from 1990 through 1993 as part of GM's Geo line of inexpensive (euphemism for cheap) automobiles. The exact same model, with minor variations, was sold in Canada in the 1992 and 1993 model years only. The Storm was created with the intent of being a budget car with the look and feel of a sports car. It supplanted the related Geo Spectrum, which was sold in hatchback and sedan, and like its ancestor, it was only sold in a 2-door hatchback and a station wagon variation. This was certainly a budge model coming in at $10,390, although the sports car part is really debatable. Modern sport compacts have faster acceleration and better handling, but the performance figures for the Storm were considered to be quite respectable for an economical compact car from that era. AutoWeek's 1990 review of the storm was titled "Slick, Quick And Inexpensive", and praised the Storm for its performance and handling. When Road & Track compared ten sport compact cars they said the Storm had a fairly decent stop time and response time. So it appears that perhaps the Geo Storm is due a little more respect than initially considered. At the end of the day though, the Geo Storm was a rebadged version of the sporty Isuzu Impulse minus some of that car's more expensive features. Both the Storm and the Impulse could be found for sale in Japan under the moniker 'Gemini Coupe'. Perhaps had Geo had the opportunity to expand the line and make revisions, the Storm would be taken more seriously and given more respect.