Auto Moto wants Western commuters to look East

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As the economy crumbles and the impact of climate change begins to be felt, the extravagant means Americans employ to transport themselves are going to make less and less sense. Recognizing this, Auto Moto is hoping its leaning three-wheeler can find a small, but growing market in this country. Reminiscent of the Honda Gyro, the Auto Moto mounts a leaning body and front wheel onto a two-wheeled rear pod that contains the engine and gearbox.
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Power is supplied by a Honda-designed, Chinese-produced 150cc GY6
engine making something in the region of 10bhp. That’s not much, giving
a top speed of only 60mph, but delivers a combined 80mpg, considerably
higher than any car on the market.

It’s those cars, not more frugal motorcycles like the 93mpg Honda
CRF230M
, which the Auto Moto hopes to replace. Most states allow it to
be operated on a car license, while drivers should be tempted by the
roof, continuously variable transmission and low price tag: just
$3,800.

The Auto Moto employs a bike-style front brake on the handlebars; a
car-style foot brake for the rear and ABS. Included is a large rear
trunk and a 4-speaker MP3 player-compatible stereo.

The Honda Gyro found favor amongst couriers and food delivery
companies, giving their employees and easily accessible, cheap-to-run,
traffic-busting tool capable of carrying plenty of pizza. We suspect
that the Auto Moto will find a similar audience here.

It’s probably going to be a while before American cities resemble the
congestion and abject poverty of their equivalents in places like
Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, but when they do, it’s good to
know that we’ll at least have vehicles like the Auto Moto to carry us
through them. Honk.

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  • ehpawk

    Doesn’t look that bad but i like the Peugeot hymotion 3 concept better. 2 wheels in the front is probably more expensive to produce especially with the leaning but it seems more stable.

    http://www.motorauthority.com/peugeot-hymotion3-compressor-debuts-in-paris.html

  • ehpawk

    Doesn’t look that bad but i like the Peugeot hymotion 3 concept better. 2 wheels in the front is probably more expensive to produce especially with the leaning but it seems more stable.

    http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2008/10/peugeot-hymotion3-compressor-c.html

  • modelasian

    As a delivery vehicle these make sense. I can also see them replacing the larger Interceptors that San Francisco parking meter maids use. However, to have a chance at displacing a small car, I think it needs to have 2 seats, even though most Americans drive mostly solo.
    Bring on the Peugeot Hybrid3! And more butt sex!

    • http://www.humilis.net/ Sander

      According to the pictures it is a two seater.

  • mototom

    it may be clever, it may be hip, but in the end these things are the beginning of the end for motorcycles in this country. Our nannies, aka the people we send to Washington to take care of us and to bribe us to send them back,don’t care for motorcycles. If sufficient number of dolts buy these things, the proliferation of pseudo bikes will be sufficient reason to ban two wheelers as unsafe.

  • Nick

    “As the economy crumbles and the impact of climate change begins to be felt…”

    It feels kinda cold, is it global warming- yes or no? What climate change?

  • Rob Bell

    The Auto Moto is definitely . . .The Penultimate, Practical, Personal+1, Parsimoneous, Pleasurable, Perigrinator! . . .bar none! . . .It is Hip, Happening and here now . . .I think IT Rocks! , , ,and I’ve ridden/Driven one

  • Rob

    Ordered mine. Will let you all know what it is like when I get it.