Set to sell for less than half the price of the least expensive car in America, the 3-wheeled Elio is aiming to shake up the automotive industry. It isn’t electric but uses a small gasoline-powered system. However, due it’s small, light, and aerodynamic design, it’s economical prowess is vast. The Elio features a 1+1, 2-seat design. It utilizes a 70-hp, 1-liter, 3-cylinder front-mounted engine.
Now, compared to engine sizes you’re used to hearing, even in sub compact cars, that still sounds like a pretty small engine perhaps more suited to a lawn mower, or at least a lawn tractor. Once again, due to its physical features it can hit speeds of up to 100 mph, and it can accelerate to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds. And the fuel economy is jaw-dropping. Up to 84 mpg on the highway and up to 49 mpg in the city. With a full tank of gas (only 8 gallons), the Elio can travel up to 672 miles. That’s a road trip from New York to Detroit with no stopping for gas. Here are some other features: Disc brakes with ABS 15-inch wheels 5-speed automatic transmission Heater Defroster Power windows Power door locks 3 airbags Independent suspension 160.5 inches long 110 inch wheelbase Trunk space: 27 x 14 x 10 inches What about big guys? Can they even fit in the Elio? The manufacturer claims it can fit 95 percent of men. They even tested it with 6′ 8″, 325-pound drivers and passengers. The car is scheduled to roll out soon at just $6,800.
The construction dust and mayhem here in our Tempe auto repairshop has been non-stop for quite awhile. But, now the fruits of our labor are evident as we can announce our brand new Medium Duty Truck Service And Repair Department is now open for business! In fact, the Elite Auto Repair team has been servicing medium duty fleet vehicles for over 15 years. We’re completely equipped to handle general maintenance as well as stubborn diagnostic repairs.
There are a lot of things people come to dread during the hot summer months, especially in areas where the thermometer climbs into the triple digits (Tempe, Chandler. Phoenix anyone?) One of these dreaded things is getting into a hot car and sweating it out until the air conditioner can work its magic. There are a few different things you can do to help keep your car considerably cooler. One of the most obvious things is to park in the shade.