Monday, January 23, 2006
Plastic car takes on big city
A £4,500 two-seat plastic car is being promoted as the answer to city jams by the Chinese firm planning to launch it in Europe later this year. Designed to rival the Smart car and cost two-thirds of the price, MyCar is 4ft 6in wide and 8ft 4in long, allowing it to park head-on at the kerb. A Ford Focus is 6ft wide and 14ft long.
MyCar was designed by ItalDesign Giugiaro, the Italian design firm, and is produced by Innovech International, based in Hong Kong. It weighs just 770lb thanks to its plastic panels. The single cylinder two-speed (plus reverse) petrol engine comes in sizes from 50cc to 250cc, with a top speed of 28-53mph.
There are also prototype electric versions. Innovech plans to start production towards the end of the year and hopes to sell between 1,000 and 2,000 cars in Europe in the first year.