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Old 05-25-2009, 01:14 AM   #21 (permalink)
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this is sorta typical with small upstarts....deadlines made and not met. From what I understand the first prototypes are made here and then replicated in china and there may be a delay in shipping/production that wasn't accounted for.

As a business owner myself I make keeping my customers up to date a top priority. I want to keep that buzz going and I want them to know everything I know (unless it's bad)....is that the case? I don't know.

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Old 05-25-2009, 02:03 PM   #22 (permalink)
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From what I understand the first prototypes are made here and then replicated in china
That is what I read. Many references are made to 'buy American cars' and with more and more cars being imported to be assembled in the US, this EM3, Zap, and T-Rex might not fit into the 'buy local' fervour!
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buying local is a joke. Even if I wanted to go out and buy a new camaro...those are made in Canada. The toyota camry is made her in the USofA though.... and in my town We make Hyundai's AND Mercedes.

I'd rather see a push to "support your local small business". At least you KNOW that money is staying in your community.
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From what I understand the first prototypes are made here and then replicated in china and there may be a delay in shipping/production that wasn't accounted for.
I was very pleased to read on Facebook a comment from ECO Motors they are looking forward to the first ones from China. I am sure anticipating this 3-wheeler, hopefully as advertised with power windows, steering, locks, AC, etc etc etc!
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At this point, if they are already starting production, I wonder why they still have cheesy photoshopped photos and no real MPG numbers listed....

I'm all for cheap Chinese knock-off vehicles but I mean, if you want to market something, make an attempt to make it look legit.

Also, nothing wrong with using the Metro engine. That's a solid little banger. But, the photo that they have showing is of a 1.3L 4 cyl model. The 3 cyl SOHC looks completely different...

The proof is in the pudding. I'd hold off until I see/hear about real people's experiences.

I'll never understand why companies feel they have to over-sell their product to the point of almost falsifying things to sell it. For me, as a consumer, I get sucked in by honest down to earth people. As soon as I feel that someone is trying to doop me or con me into something, I'll probably never go back.
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Its not really my cup of tea ('scuse the britishness) I don't see the point in it. apart from creating small industry jobs - couldn't you just run an import Toyota Aygo/Citreon C1/Pug 107 ??


Available in 3or5door and they're 4 seaters witha trunk gasoline ones that can 60MPGus(diesel even more) and when i had one while my car was in the shop, i took 3 friends out fro the day in it it did roughly 55mpg us with four guys and gear onboard including cruising 'beyond 70mph' officier

I really need to start a business import stuff like this to you guys!
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Top 'o the mornin' to ya.

I be in agree-ance with yer idears. (More Pirate than British...whatever. ) On paper, it makes more sense for the American auto industry to simply import some of the smaller foreign cars than to branch out into cheaply made knock-offs. But, given the way they ruined the SMART car's mileage, I don't look forward to this day either.

We screw everything up. I guess it's all about profit margins. We could certainly make a nice effecient vehicle here in the US that could be on par with the foreign machines, but the monetary return, even if it sold well, wouldn't make it worhtwhile.
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s - couldn't you just run an import Toyota Aygo/Citreon C1/Pug 107 ??
The main excitement for me is 4 wheels vs. 3: register or licence with "pocket change" and pay about one- third the amount for insurance. Compared to about 3 times that for a 4-wheeler. Lower parking, commute lane, or other reasons for this design are usually divided by areas.

My City-el 3-wheeler has been very inexpensive transportation, but it is wearing out- then what? A questionable (in my state) Xebra or a Piaggo? I am kind of limited buying a new 3-wheeler affordably.

Latest I heard was a trip to China extended to July 28 for the EMC3.

Meanwhile; we had a small car show with a Robin, a funny small van, and my City-el. All "unusual" 3-wheelers. I hope these EMC3s appear someday!
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At this point, if they are already starting production, I wonder why they still have cheesy photoshopped photos and no real MPG numbers listed.....
Unfortunately Eco Motors have either clammed up or will no longer respond to e-mail. Those cheesy photos were up yesterday, but no updates or news at all. My bank was hit by the state recession and will no longer finance 3-wheel vehicles at all. My questions to them about that (what to do - when) were unanswered; not even an "I'll get back to you".

My first e-mail (where to get one) was answered by EMC very fast.

Lack of financing, no reply, just photoshopped renderings: that shuts off my interest.
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