Meet the newest, hottest car to hit the American auto market: The Elio.
At 84 mpg highway, and $6,800, this car/motorcycle is sure to revolutionize how Americans drive as well as how they think about transportation.
The Elio features a 3-cylinder motor, reminiscent of the motor the team of General Motors/Suzuki put in the gas-sipping legend, the Geo Metro. This futuristic three-wheeler can go 672 miles between refills. With a top speed of 100 MPH, a roll cage, 50% larger crush zones and anti-lock brakes and an anticipated 5 star safety rating, the makers of Elio are bragging.
Elio Motors also is excited about the potential impact on the economy and American foreign policy. Check out this quote from their website:
“Building a vehicle that gets 84 miles per gallon on the highway will have a huge impact on our national fuel consumption – which will also impact oil imports, the environment and national security!
“One gallon of gasoline creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide! With Elio, we would save 12.2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide per year!
“America has about 254 million registered cars on the road (www.rita.dot.gov). If the average vehicle gets around 25 miles to the gallon and drives about 12,000 miles per year, America would be using almost 122 billion gallons of gas a year!”
This car is impressive, and not just because it looks like a vehicle from a sci-fi movie, or will pay for itself in savings on gas faster than time than the 36,000 mile warranty will expire. Truly impressive is how many industry shills are coming out of the woodwork to bash on the company.
Here’s a quote from one hack who thought that the company wouldn’t be able to pay for the space they plan on using for their car plant:
“Elio Motors will utterly fail, completely fail, and embarrassingly fail.”
This, incidentally, is the most literate of his ranting — the rest of the article appears to have been written by a half-awake 10 year old. Another obvious industry stooge wrote a particularly vitriolic review after never having driven the car and based it on Elio’s financials, surmising the car wouldn’t make enough money. Let’s recall that the Geo Metro, another 3 cylinder gas-sipping gem, produced by auto industry giants GM and Suzuki, sold for a mere 200 dollars more.
This American-made beauty will be initially manufactured in Shreveport, La. Impatient female that I am, I couldn’t wait. I’ve already reserved one, though I had some trouble deciding between the Sour Apple and Dreamsicle. I only wish it was available in surfer dude pink.