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Old 06-03-2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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Is This Going to be the Next Big Thing?

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Old 06-03-2014, 11:43 PM   #2
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Who knows. I'm sure that if they are actually made, they could be popular but it could be another Tucker. The proof of the pudding is in the eating so they say. When they are available, then maybe I'll look more closely.

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Old 06-04-2014, 12:00 AM   #3
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I'm going to wait till the Jones' get one!
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:24 AM   #4
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See my 4 key must haves are:

Below 4 sec 0-60
Holds more than 1 person
Would survive a tbone crash
Doesn't look looked something it is not.

Owning this and an RV means you have a combined miles per gallon of 45 given equal mileage. Great to offset your carbon footprint........if you care.

Ps that is a camaro steering wheel and interior door panel style.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:13 AM   #5
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Hope it works out !!! I'l be watching.

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Old 06-04-2014, 08:45 AM   #6
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I've pried way too many MVA cars open (aka extrications). I'll never get into anything that small.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:12 AM   #7
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I would rather sacrifice some MPG and know I can be comfortable and safe. Ill keep my 30 MPG Fusion.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:26 AM   #8
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NO thank you ,I will take my ford excursion at 11.5mpg and be MORE then SAFE if you don't mind
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:52 PM   #9
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No way...

And I say that even though I ride a motorcycle! LOL

But, given my experience (51 years on bikes), ABS linked braking system, much better maneuverability than a 3 wheeler, much higher acceleration ability, and higher eye level that allows for more situational awareness...I'd still say no way Jose!

And when the weather is not favorable, I'll take our F-150 or Toyota Avalon.

High mileage is nice, until you get run over by a Freightliner....
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:57 PM   #10
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I've pried way too many MVA cars open (aka extrications). I'll never get into anything that small.
+100 or so! I think with something this small there wouldn't be much reason for an extrication...except to retrieve the remains for the coroner.

Love the ad promo..."engineered for a five star crash rating". Really?
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Old 06-14-2014, 12:45 AM   #11
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I heard about this about six months ago and have been following it on their webpage.

I'm beginning to think I'll believe it when I see it. I notice that the plant they say they are going to use isn't in the news at all now.

Lots of hype but where's the beef?
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:34 AM   #12
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It would be alright to buzz around town in for a single person.
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I recall reading that it can be licensed as a motorcycle. OK, I guess for less costly plate fees, but what about requirement to wear a helmet? Some states require motorcyclists to wear head protection. When stopped for not wearing a helmet, is the discussion going to be, "Yes officer, I know the license plate says motorcycle, and I know motorcyclists are required to wear helmets, but this is not really a motorcycle".

My gut feeling is that this venture will flop, except for a few prototypes being shown to the media. Soccer moms won't rush to buy these. Cool single guys trying to impress the gals? Not there either. Old couple who want something safe but small? Uh, I'm old and hate bending and folding into the small cars we have now. Safety conscious buyers? Yeah, right! It's a tall list of non-buyers. Save-the-planet greenies living in Hollywood? Maybe just for a photo OP or two, then it's back to the heavy metal.

What I'm saying is ... the market will be very slender, and incapable of feeding a fledgling assembly line venture. Well so much for my opinion on a subject that is so far out of my field that it is laughable. 😬
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Let's start a pool how long before the first recall. Another for the time till the first lawsuits.

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