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As a co-founder of both Factory Five Racing and Local Motors, Mark Smith is no stranger to the home-built car industry. With his latest venture, ‘Smyth Performance’, Mark has set his sights on producing “easier to build cars on existing platforms and systems.” As such, he chose the fourth generation Jetta and Golf as a starting point and got to work on his first release, the GF3- a mid-engined roadster.
For the second Smyth Performance vehicle, Mark has returned to the fourth generation Jetta and Golf, turning it into a ‘Ute.’ For those unfamiliar, the ‘Ute’ is a name most recently used by the General Motors brand Holden to describe a passenger car with a utility area. In the ‘Ute’, Smyth Performance claims that installation is a simple remove, cut and bolt procedure which does not modify the engine, dash or floor plan of the Volkswagen.
While we certainly think that it is interesting to see what can be done atop a Volkswagen platform, we aren’t quite sure what to think about the Ute. Aesthetics are one area which can be open to debate, but it seems like quite a bit of work for little added utility, and no mention of hauling capacity. Also, if your going to ‘borrow’ a name from an OEM, why not call it the Caddy?
More information including pricing information and additional photos can be found on the Smyth Performance website