When Japan started making cars that lasted, where Quality just wasn't an advertising buzz-word; American motors laughed. They made cars with built-in obsolescence in mind. "Why build a car to last more than 4 years; we want to sell them another car in 4 years!"
They never asked themselves if THEY would prefer a car that lasted 10-15 years for the same money. Turns out the world isn't full of idiots.
I've left American cars; because they deserted me along the side of the road with my Chevy. I have owned 2 Toyota vehicles, both with over 300,000 problem-free miles - I will NEVER go back to American cars.
I don't care if the Toyota costs $50,000 and the American car costs $50 - I don't like being lied to, I don't like being abandoned and I hold a grudge. I will NEVER buy an American car again.
That said ... the NEW American car company - Elio Motors (www.eliomotors.com) has my attention.
Impressive list of features.
My prediction is they will miss the $6800 price target by at least 100% and likely much more.
Compare their component content with the price of an equivalent motorcycle and then add in the body cost.
To the positive, 84 mpg, creature comforts including air conditioning for two passengers in an enclosed passenger compartment and apparently crash tested so it's not a death trap, for $6,800.00?
If they actually manage to get to market with that retail price point and it's not a piece of crap they'll sell every one they can make.
That's as fair as I can be.
Colin Chapman must be smiling from Heaven.
With a career in a technical area, over 20 years ago I have a pile of sketches of it's side by side sister from my fertile mind, simliar to the "Tri-Hawk" that Harley had design rights too but did nothing.
I am curious who's engine they are using. Polaris? I can't think of another American Made one that will plunk right in, to much development time to do one from scratch.
LOL! You would never be able to see that thing if you parked it on the 18th green.