• Aug 3, 2005

You've probably never heard of the Rio de Janeiro-based company called Obvio!, but it is quietly making inroads into selling its two mini cars, the $14,000 828/02 (shown) and the $28,000 012, in the U.S. by late 2006. Both cars are RWD and have mid-mounted four-cylinder Tritec Motors that the company will make available in 170- and 250-hp versions. Despite the lack of such common equipment as, umm… bumpers, Obvio! claims both cars will meet U.S. safety standards when they go on sale in California in late 2006. A CVT transmission, nav system and dashboard-integrated Boblbee backpack are standard.

All right, I got through that without laughing. Visit Obvio?s website to learn more about the history of the company and additional specs on the two cars it plans to import. However, be warned: the website does not exactly inspire confidence and lends legitimacy to your inevitable conclusion that this must be a joke. I?ll leave you with a quote from the site: ?the chassis doesn?t have no midle hump?.
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      • 9 Years Ago
      Good point, peter. I don't care if it only has 160 hp. thats is a ton of power for something this small. Ever driven a golf cart? now imagine it with 160 hp. that would be a lot of fun. dangerous yes, but hella fun. though the prices seem pretty expensive; maybe there is some really inovative technology that makes the car safer than it appears or something that is driving up the costs.
      • 9 Years Ago
      well, it looks ridiculous, but with that kind of hp, its probably a blast to drive...
      • 9 Years Ago
      The guy that postad the 31 message is right. This car is a 80`s model. They tryed to sell it on 80`s here in Brazil, but it was to much expensive, ugly, bad (it used bettle engine)and nobody wanted it. Something like 130 cars were produced. The name of the car was Dacon 828. Now the are trying to do this car again, just some little visual changes. Becouse it it`s called by 828/2. Since the year 2002 the say:"Next year we will start producing it". This car have no tecnology, any mechanic can do anything better. Nobody I know believe anyone can buy this car. The other car, the 012 doesn`t exist, there is just the computers pictrues. http://www.team.net/www/ktud/saspeci/dacon.html
      • 9 Years Ago
      Aren't those wheels off of a Porsche 944? That's how they do build them, I guess...by using scraps and pieces from old, wrecked cars. Each one looks a little different!
      • 9 Years Ago
      A problem with the foregoing messies is that two different cars appear to be being talked about... with no distinguishment. There is the 828 OBVIO and there is the 012.... the 828 is styled like a VW Rabbit... and a buncha others. While the 012 is a totally slick new design. It looks like a high priced Italian machine. The 012 has a roll cage designed by an aeronautical engineer... made up of what they call, Neiss Rings... and as a result, it quite possibly will be the safest car in the world. It will be being put through a GM full series of crash tests. On their Web site they show what these safety rings look like. It's a roll-cage... as good as what the best race cars have... and likely... even better. As for rattles... ABS type body panels don't rattle all that much. I used to have years ago a Sunbeam Tiger British sports car... that had an American Ford V8 engine shoe-horned into it at the factory. Went like a hotdam... the dealer showed it off by just sitting there and burning the rubber right off the rear tires... in a huge cloud of smoke. It ate 'Vetts... cause it was so light weight... not counting the engine. I admit, though, it steered like a truck. It was hugely heavy at the front. The overall power to weight ration was preddy good, though. ... just like the OBVIO's is. I think the high-horsed version of the OVBIO is going to be really hot... and the balance will be superb... what with its mid-engine placement. (What other relatively low cost car can you name that has a mid-engine?) And it's got big wheels and relatively fat tires... so should stick rather well. Goina fool lotsa fools... that's fer shure. I expect to see it doing really well in sports car races... in its class... and several above. As for lacking... the ability... to enjoy... shifting. Well... you can do that... with buttons on the steering wheel... like a Formula 1 race car has.... clutchlessly. What fun! An option available is making it a two-seater... I think with bucket seats. BUT I like the stock bench... or, "lounge" seating as they call it. Can fit three peeps in it... and the middle person has full leg room. The shifter is on the driver's left..... on the floor.... next to da door... and so the center seated person is not even bothered by the presence of a column shift... being poked by the driver's elbow all the time. Preddy cool, huh? Most advanced concept-cars... never get to market... which should make the OBVIO the most advanced-in-design car in the world that one can actually purchase. Plus... it is not actually made in South America... but all over the world...by Mercedes Benz, BMW, Chrysler... and a buncha other major companies... including the world's second largest bus company... which make super-modern styled double-decker streamlined rigs. The 012 OBVIO's basic construction will be 100% farmed out. Plus... it is made to get great gas-mileage too! The electrics are pretty good... what with DVD movies... and the Internet... map-guidance... and a back-view cam being on-board. It's a mini-luxury car, that's what it is. Oh... did I mention it has power-everything, too? Like for da winders, for example. And the in-take air-vents on the sides aren't fake! What a concept! I do admit... it does have some short-comings... like a hood ornament being lacking. Oh, well. I guess I could get a big shiny chromed one at J.C. Whitney, eh? Jus' kidding.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now if only they can get that Nissan Micra with the mid-engine V6 over here. I like big honkin V8 musclecars as much as the next guy, but there is no disputing how much fun these kinds of cars are to drive at full blast. The only downside I see to these cars are that they tend to be buzzy, rattle-prone, and not good cruisers, but hey, everything has a trade-off, right?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder if you buy three or four of them if they sell you a pod to park them in.
      • 9 Years Ago
      250hp/1300lb/$14k would be the best bang for the buck you could get outside of a motorcycle. It's incredibly ugly, but you can't see it when you're inside. It'd be awesome if they could pull it off.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Even a V8 AMC Gremlin had bumpers, was better looking and roomier and...it was less than $3,000! But, Peter W. "imagines that the Obvio is safe." You've got one hell of an imagination there, Peter.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hmmmm...apparentally a rearview mirror is an option....that scares me to think of the safety features they put into this for the "coustumer", as they call it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Matt_P, you are clearly delusional.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, I have trouble finding words to describe how I feel. Ugly comes up quickly. Death. Rollover. Chinsy. Stupid. Ok, found some more.
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