Hyundai is "considering" building the Santa Cruz concept that fills quite the niche. This news comes packaged with the announcement that they will not be building the Tucson on US soil. The combination of the two announcements is a little cryptic. Are they telling us that the Santa Cruz is based on the Tucson? (I would have guessed Santa Fe, which is built in Georgia). If they do build the Santa Cruz, how do the avoid a hefty portion of the profits paying for Germany protecting their chicken market?
This brings me to the point of my ramblings. Other automakers have skirted the tax by playing musical chairs. But what if this vehicle doesn't even conform to the spirit of a "light truck?" What if it's a high ground clearance sedan, with a removable trunk lid for occasional usage? Hyundai's phrasing in their press release "During the work week, gear for that early morning hike or after-work hockey game stays securely locked in the back, under an integrated, rigid tonneau cover that conveniently retracts when not needed."
Any experts on how the Fed actually classifies a light pickup truck? Is the language in the law too narrowly or too broadly defined? I know they revised this in the past to seal up loopholes, but I don't see the Santa Cruz as a direct competitor to domestic light pickup trucks. It has a much different expressed purpose.