Bricklin's latest: Plug-in hybrids
January 21, 2007
The unsinkable Malcolm Bricklin just surfaced again.
Just weeks after Chinese automaker Chery dumped him in favor of negotiations to build small cars with DaimlerChrysler, the fearless salesman who brought Yugo to the United States says he is talking with 15 Chinese automakers who would build revolutionary plug-in hybrid electric cars for his company, Visionary Vehicles.
Details are scarce, but Bricklin's Web site says the cars will get 100 m.p.g. and hit the market in 2009.
Visionary Vehicles plans to build a prototype in the United States and field a product line that would begin with a $25,000 to $35,000 midsize sedan and grow to include a crossover vehicle and a hardtop convertible, according to a report in USA Today. Financing is to be determined.
By Mark Phelan