They have one in Sri Lanka. That's right...Sri Lanka.
If they can produce a microcar, we should be able to make one here in the US. (There is plenty of underutilized automobile manufacturing capacity, and lots of people looking for jobs. We could probably even make one in Detroit, or Flint.)
Micro Cars Limited of Sri Lanka has since upgraded their line, but the Privilege was their first microcar.
Micro Privilege is the first ever locally manufactured vehicle. In January 1999, the MICRO car project was initiated and aimed at providing a National car which is a safer, economical, environmental friendly and affordable means of transport for the masses of the country, where it would be possible for majority of our people to own a car (mean of individualized transport).
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
They have one in Sri Lanka. That's right...Sri Lanka.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
A Chevrolet Beat prototype was recently photographed on the grounds of New York's Rochester Institute of Technology. It was heavily camoflaged -- but that didn't fool the folks at AutoBlog. The Chevy Beat was one of a trio of concepts Chevy showed at the 2007 New York Auto Show. According to Bob Lutz, the Beat will go into production in 2009. The Beat won't be coming to the U.S. until it meets federal crash-test standards, so we won't see it until at least 2012.
The Beat was first shown in MINUTIA, Issue 16, Number 1 (2007).
Monday, December 29, 2008
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Saturday, December 27, 2008
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Thursday, December 25, 2008
We were looking for just the right image -- and we stumbled across this "Christmas Isetta" on the Flickr photosharing site.
It is "over the top" as any microcar decked out for the holidays should be.
So...Happy Holidays! We hope this has been a good year for all of you, and we are looking forward to an even better year in 2009! (Celebrate the holiday season, then go out to the garage and get to work on your car. Spring is just around the corner.)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
You wouldn't want to end up like this Mini, so take it slow.
Accidents are a scary and costly thing. Save your own life.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Bert Verwey, Member #946, found this homemade "Isetta snowmobile" back in 2005, and sent in some photos and a description. This is the article that appeared in MINUTIA, Issue 14, Number 1.
"Enclosed are some pictures of my latest find. It was advertised as an Isetta engine/transmission. It turned out to be the complete power train with original wheels and tires, brakes and back plates, and a perfect windshield. It had been converted into a homemade snowmobile. Two tracks ran around each set of wheels, and a trailer mounted on a pair of waterskis held driver and passenger. Controls were mounted on the handlebar and steering was articulated. Note the Isetta rear bumper on the front, the louvered side cover and single Isetta headlight. Also note the GM timing gears and chain used to gear it down a bit. All together, quite an ingenious setup. The late owner's family had a lot of happy memories of driving this thing around the farm."
Friday, December 19, 2008
Slightly modified with a VW 1600 bug engine, even though when
people ask I say it runs on condensed brain waves. Other features
include Siata Spring fenders and a fun fur coating. For more fun -
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Unfortunately, they are being collected and crushed because they were owned
by the government and are being phased out. Here is the lesser known Russian
version called the Invalidka.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The strip, "It's Me, Dilly" was created by Mel Casson and Alfred Andriola (using the pseudonym of Alfred James). Casson started as a cartoonist for the Saturday Evening Post, but his cartoons also appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal and many other national magazines. In cartooning, Casson is best known as the creator of the Sparky and Redeye strips. Andriola started his cartooning career as an assistant to Milton Caniff, the creator of Terry and the Pirates. Andriola's best known strip was Kerry Dunn.
It's Me Dilly appeared in newspapers from 1957 through 1960. According to the history pages of the Birmingham News, the strip was was billed as a working girl humorous soap but was basically cheesecake punctuated with blonde jokes.
We'll have to say...while Dilly is very cute, we like Minnie's choice of cars.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It's the car I drive daily and with the 3 cylinder 5 speed overdrive model 50 mpg
isn't unusual on the highway. The XFI model was the super economy model rated
51 city 58 highway. The car we see here was slightly modified for even better
milage. It's tandem seating, skirts and smooth syling make this a slippery custom.
Monday, December 8, 2008
of micros available in electric and even solar. Hop over to the site -
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
before all the bugs are worked out of this contraption. And what's with that cupcake.
For some solar cars - http://solar-energy-now.blogspot.com/search/label/solar%20car
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Domestic sales plummeted by 27.3 percent, with only 74,217 cars sold, while overseas sales dropped 3.6 percent, with 370,894 cars sold. The Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association said, “Although overseas sales didn’t drop by a large margin until last month, the drop will increase from this month.” The monthly domestic sales’ performance was the lowest since February 2005.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
get togethers and rallies. We honor them as our car club of the month.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The vehicles are piloted by individual drivers but teams are made up of thirty cars, all on the track together. Using strategies similar to those in cycling peletons, the tighter the group sticks together, the more aerodynamic and powerful it becomes.
Inspiration for the KAAN comes from electric fields and textures seen in nature, particularly those in a lightning bolt. The car is uniquely designed around its powerful electric wheels while the cockpit acts as a capsule to safely house the driver, allowing for tighter peloton formations and a team victory."
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
There are many little known microcars that are always fun to discover. For the
Thursday, November 27, 2008
While Audi officials will not comment on the Bild report, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has said: 'We are looking at different scenarios including a new A2.'
the new car may share components with the VW Up!, incluing its three-cylinder engine. (1.4 liter gasoline or 1.6 liter diesel.) Electric options are also being explored.
The original A2 was introduced in 1999. Poor sales led to the discontinuation of the model in 2005.