• May 14, 2006
Sadly, Volkswagen looks ready to pull the plug on its GX3 project, which only weeks ago looked set to put the three-wheeled star of this year's L.A. Auto Show in U.S. showrooms by 2007. AutoWeek reports that concerns about U.S. liability laws have driven a stake through the heart of the project, which, although not officially dead, is at best on life-support.

Although the trike would have been classified as a motorcycle, with safety standards vastly different than an automobile's, it sounds like VW lawyers are concerned that the GX3 was just too car-like for (their) comfort.

We really can't blame VW, but we'd sure like to blame somebody... a few staffers are ready to hold a candlelight vigil in hopes that the German automaker will have a change of heart.

[Sources: AutoWeek; Volkswagen]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      oh no i love the GX3 why pull it
      • 8 Years Ago
      The vehicle is retarded. The worldwide market for it is about 500 vehicles.

      I said it before and I'll say it again. VW will never produce the vehicle. They're just using the lawyers as scapegoats.

      I'm sure on the Monday after the auto show they took 15 mins and noticed that the small market for the vehicle means they could only sell a tiny number. And that means it would have to be very expensive to cover its startup costs, which shrinks the market even further.

      It just took them 4 months to come up with lawyers as a convenient scapegoat. American lawyers no less.

      Kudos to VW for finding a way to get out of their ridiculous "and we're gonna build it!" comments without taking the blame themselves.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a stupid ugly vehicle that would have been an oversteering pig. Good riddance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yep. This is just a strange motorcycle. So it has a market that is a small fraction of the motorcycle market. IOW there is no money to be made here.

      Legal concerns are a smokescreen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      20,000? Seriously, what a joke.

      There aren't that many hardcore track enthusiasts in the US for starters. Beyond that, this vehicle isn't even particularly fast. Did you check the specs? 5.7 secs 0-60. And since it is light, not powerful it would do even worse in 0-100 or 1/4 or top speed measures. And with only 3 wheels, it will only be able to corner as well as a bike, not a car (cars are faster than bikes on the track due to higher cornering forces). It's a loser on the track, and even if it were great, the market would be limited anyway. The Radical is a superb, fairly cheap track car. It hasn't sold nearly 20,000 in the US, probably not even the world.

      Additionally, it would be a lot more expensive than most of you think. Skeptical is right on track here.

      I recommend to apollo332 and others to go out and make one yourself. Like Jesse James said, when he was young he couldn't afford cool stuff, so he made his own cool stuff. It's not that difficult to turn a bike into a trike, even the front end (if you don't have to pass certifications and you aren't paying labor), they did it in a couple hours on Junkyard Wars. Take a welding class and get yourself an angle grinder and have at it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll sign a waiver to not sue VW if I f*ck S^it up? Anycase- just buy a motorbike you pansies.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3 - spot on.

      Not exactly the kind of thing I'd want and I probably couldn't afford it but I would have like to seen a few built. Plus I just like leaning in curves. Trikes and bikes with sidecars just don't have any appeal to me.

      Helluva better idea than that V10 Tommahawk or whateverthehell it was motorcyclish thing with 4 wheels that DMC dreamed up. The must be smokin' some good weed in that design center. Wonder if I can get some of what they're having?
      • 8 Years Ago
      that fucking sucks. I was ready to buy one, honestly. thanks, vw.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Non-Starter you apparently have never been outside the US. There's a world full of people who drive vehicles of this ilk. Gimme 500 of them at a 16-18K price point - I'll sell them all in a coupla months in California alone."

      You can add at LEAST 20,000 americans to this list. There is no doubt this thing would sell in some fairly decent qualities, even if only as a track car/bike for some well heeled maniacs. I'd of bought one in a heartbeat, and my guess is we'll see someone take this project on again in the near future. I don't blame a big car company for passing, but why not yamaha?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, #3;

      Personal responsibility. Guess who doesn't like that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who teaches these people that other people are responsible for their:
      i. well being
      ii. station in life??

      And don't excuse the lawyers. They go out and search for "victims".
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is terribly saddening. This could have been a revolutionary vehicle, not simply because of how it's built, but because it would be the product of a major automaker with a full warranty and all of the associated perks.
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