Wow - this story from the NY Times about a tiny mobile house is an inspiration.
I hope you can find it at
This young couple really has successfully tackled a problem head-on.
I have a fully loaded Sonata Limited with turbo, navigation and every
possible option for a little less than that. I think the Mini is a nice
little car for $13k or so. I don't see the attraction of them but they
have a strong following.
I think your "early 2015" timeframe might be a little optimistic. There
doesn't seem to be any mention of a time frame on the Elio website itself.
Everything on their website is worded as "planned", "proposed", etc.
The only mention of a timeframe I could find was in the Forbes article
where they say the _planned_ production start is "March 2015". Hitting the
showrooms in early 2015 seems unlikely.
I do like the concept though. If it really is as safe as they claim, it
might not be a bad commute vehicle or a real nice gift for your college
aged kids. I'm shopping for a used vehicle right now and you sure can't get
much for $6800.
On 7/9/2014 10:21 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Anecdotes do not prove the rule.
There was a statistical professor
one time who tried to use anecdotes
to prove rules. He drove a Mini
Cooper to work, and got run over
by a guy in SUV, and died instantly
of massive trauma.
Mini-Cooper Safety Ratings: Good, Acceptable, Acceptable, Good
Smart ForTwo Safety Ratings: Good, Good, Good, Acceptable
Tennis Ball Safety Ratings: I don't know, but I'll bet that both of the
cars you've been disparaging beat them by a long shot.
My cage is a Toyota Yaris. I look at it as the conceptual heir of the
original Mini, except it has a lot more creature comforts. The New Beetle is
the same thing, an overpriced nostalgia wagen rather than a 21st century
embodiment of the concept.
I like it, but then I wanted a Messerschmitt when I was a kid:
That price sounds unrealistic though. There aren't that many bikes around
for $6800. The Can-Am Spyder trike is $15000 and it doesn't have the
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