• Jul 5, 2006


Volkswagen has officially announced that it will not build the radical GX3 3-wheeler because of the potential for product liability issues in the U.S. market.

The two-seater runabout was a huge hit when it debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January, and customer reaction to the GX3 since then can be summed up in two words: "build it!" Unfortunately, VW concluded that changes to the vehicle to reduce the risks of lawsuits would have compromised the GX3's design and driven costs out of reach for its intended market.

[Source: 4Car]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      19: Part of it is safety, but part is people wanting more crap for their dollar. Compare an entry-level vehicle today with one from 20 years ago and they're worlds apart, feature-wise.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank you to the lawyers of America!! Thanks to you, we get screwed out of another cool product.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess it all comes down to a matter of curcumstances.

      My commute consists of 5 miles down side roads to and from work every on a set of roads that is mostly empty at the time I drive. I would have loved one.

      But I will agree with anyone who says this would be a niche vehicle at best. I can't say this would be nice to drive on California Highways in rush hour, especially seeing as a Surburban tailpipe will probably sit rigth in the drivers face.

      At least VW tried to come up with something that wasn't so "econo-box" like... maybe next time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This type of "Car" are producted since 1990 by Campagna. The T-REX was producted in Quebec, Canada.
      ( www.go-t-rex.com ) Vw only copy this "Car".

      Engine: 1164cc Inline 4 cyl., DOHC, with Ram-Air.
      Transmission: Sequential 6-Speed close ratio gear box, purpose designed reverse gear, rear wheel torque damper
      • 8 Years Ago
      1--
      I suspect they worry that people will expect a car like this to be as safe as a car when in reality it's not taht much safer than a bike. Sense of security + high power-to-weight = attempts to drive past one's capacity, mourning family, lawsuit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is not a surpise, but maybe in the future we will see a car like this on the roads.

      http://www.auto-power-girl.com/
      • 8 Years Ago
      3-
      I didn't even think of it like a car, but rather a trike. Of course, imagine driving that thing to/from work on any of the USA's Top 20 worse highways and the thought of the Urban Assault Vehicle driving over you is a bit scary.
      • 8 Years Ago
      when it was first rumored to be going towards production i was stoked to buy one. I have been waiting for a major manufacturer to build one of these for years, not the way overpriced T-rex, the Grinnall ScorpionIII (kit with a donor BMW bike), or the scariest of all TriMagnum "Build it from scratch" option from the 80's (nothin but fiberglass and foam protecting your legs from getting crushed between the front axle and anything you bump into).

      So Why three wheels. It isn't a car, that's why. Most states classify it as a motorcycle, meaning all the benefits that go with it, in my state it means cheaper tolls, carpool lane access, and jumping to the front of a 1hr line for a ferry. Cousre it also means, no bumpers, crash protection, or even windsheild wipers are required. Thus the liability. If people realized going in that this was a motorcycle alternative, not a car alternative, then I think it's better. I think we need a manufacturer that makes both Bikes and Cars to build one and sell it through motorcycle dealers..... Suzuki or Honda are you listening????
      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay, why not put another wheel on it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh no. An ugly, stupid deathtrap won't make it to our roads. The shame of it all!
      • 8 Years Ago
      An equivalent (very close) is already available:

      http://www.3wheelers.com/trex.html

      I have seen several of them. Looks fun and interesting.

      One danger is that under heavy rain the big wheel just project too much water behind. There is no way to see them at dark.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Bummer. I probably would've bought one. It looks insanely fun.
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