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Three-wheeled Commuter Car ?elio? Closer To Going On Sale « Cbs Detroit

Sizing up Joe Louis in Detroit. http://t.co/jBUbb12JD2 Elio Motors (@ElioMotors) August 15, 2014 But after a couple of spins around the block in this Detroit suburb, it felt like any other small car. Thats partly because its two front wheels stick out by a foot on both sides, aiding balance and preventing the vehicle from tipping. The Elio has a three-cylinder, 0.9-liter engine and a top speed of more than 100 miles per hour. It gets an estimated 84 mpg on the highway and 49 mpg in city driving. Eliokeeps the costs down in several ways. The car only has one door, on the left side, which shaves a few hundred dollars off the manufacturing costs. Having three wheels also makes it cheaper. It will be offered in just two configurations with a manual or automatic transmission and it has standard air conditioning, power windows and door locks and an AM/FM radio. More features, such as navigation or blind-spot detection, can be ordered through Elios long list of suppliers. Germanys Daimler also promised to revolutionize American commutes with the Smart car, but that hasnt panned out, says Karl Brauer, a senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book. Smart sold just 9,264 cars in the U.S. last year. The Smart has a starting price of $13,270 for a gas-powered car and gets 38 mpg on the highway not enough savings or fuel economy to justify sacrificing comfort in the tiny car. But, Brauersaid, the equation might work in the Elio. If it really gets 84 mpg and doesnt drive terribly, it would justify the compromises youre making in size and comfort, he said. Eliowill also save money by selling the cars directly through its own stores and not through franchised dealers, similar to electric car maker Tesla Motors. Elio plans stores in 60 major metropolitan areas. Theyll be serviced by car repair chain Pep Boys. Paul Elio, a one-time stockbroker and New York City cab driver, dreamed as a kid that he would one day own a car company called Elio Motors. As I matured I decided that was as likely as playing in the NFL, Elio told The Associated Press.
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