"...the inspiration for the Prowler came
during a 1990 free association exercise at our Pacifica
Design Center in Carlsbad, California. Someone wrote
the words "hot rod-style retro car" on an index card.
By 1992, the Prowler was a concept car, and in 1993
the concept was introduced at the North American International
Auto Show in Detroit. The production story of the Prowler
is also interesting. To make it easier to build, engineers
constructed the Prowler out of aluminum and placed the
transmission next to the rear wheels. They then separated
the engine and transmission (which are normally together)
with the driveshaft. They essentially reverse the process
of how the engine and transmission work together. This
was a revolutionary change in the auto industry."