hpmctorquehpmctorque Member Posts: 4,600
edited January 2014 in General
This is the made-in-America vehicle that Detroit would never build, because it's minimalist and unconventional. Promoted as fun, safe, high value, will the 49 mpg city/84 highway three wheeler that will sell for $6800 make it in the marketplace? It seats two, one behind the other, weighs 800 pounds, and is due to be introduced next month.

Elio Motors claims to have advance orders for 13,000 units. Would you buy one? I wouldn't be an early adopter, but I'd be tempted if it got good reviews, especially from Consumers Reports.

Check it out.


  • andys120andys120 Member Posts: 23,340
    Check it out.

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 56,985
    Might be fun in a motorcycle kind of way. Would be interesting to see how it crashes against a frazzled hausfrau in an Armada (my main worry around here).
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Member Posts: 4,600
    Yes, given its very light weight and low height safety would be a primary concern.

    It'll be interesting to see whether Elio Motors can survive, or becomes just another auto company that underestimates the difficulty of competing in this mature industry, where scale, deep pockets and distribution matter a lot.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Member Posts: 3,425
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    "Elio" is an abreviation for that which holds a bag of poop. :(
  • ClairesClaires Member Posts: 1,222
    "Elio" is an abreviation for that which holds a bag of poop.

    Or it's Italian for "helium". :shades:


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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Member Posts: 4,600
    edited May 2013
    It's also a masculine Italian first name.

    As for the car/motorcycle, let's not rush to judgement.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454

    It's still on the table.

    "Elio Motors is taking the next big step toward the production of its 84-mpg (2.8 L/100km) tandem three-wheeler. It won't quite make its original Summer 2014 start, but it plans to get Elios rolling off the lines next year at the former General Motors Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant in Louisiana."

    $7,000 84-mpg Elio car moves forward with new production plant (gizmag.com)

  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Member Posts: 4,600
    This seems like the car that's never quite introduced. Was the company's practice of taking deposits a scam or an honest method of financing? Will the Elio ever see production?
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