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You gotta love Malcolm Bricklin's tenacity. Despite his plans to import Chinese-made Cherys into the U.S., Bricklin's looking east again for his next big thing. Which is an inexpenisive hybrid.

Bricklin says his company, Visionary Vehicles, is currently working to design a low-cost hybrid car that would be built in China to take advantage of cheap labor costs. By doing this, Bricklin says, he hopes to sell the new car for as much as 30% less than a conventional gasoline engine vehicle. China Car Times says the car is will be comparable in size to a Mercedes E Class, but sell in the $15,000 to $25,000 range.

If things work out this time, Visionary Vehicles plans to have affordable Chinese-made hybrid cars on dealer lots sometime in 2009. Less than two years from concept to reality for such a high-tech vehicle seems rather ambitious to us, but we wish Mr. Bricklin luck.

[Source: China Car Times, USA TODAY]


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      King Volcano
      • 8 Years Ago
      I smell quality!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think he needs to focus on getting something here first before he starts talking about other products. I mean a hybrid is a good idea but first bring something over that can be tested and felt (quality) before I trust something like a Hybrid.

      Rob
      http://www.autoshortlist.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yugo?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Malcom Bricklin doesn't exist. What you see and hear is the ghost of Preston Tucker.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now now, let's not forget he did bring us the first inexpensive hybrid, the Yugo. It ran on a combination of gas or human sweat (pushing it down the road).
      • 8 Years Ago
      i'm chinese and i would like to know one thing? where did the chinese buy their hybrid technology from? because we all know they didn't make it themselves
      • 8 Years Ago
      Malcolm Bricklin is an expert at raising expectations. He has left a wake of poorer investors behind him.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why does anyone believe a word this guy says? He is a great self promoter, nothing more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't wish him luck. He has taken too many people to the cleaners to deserve our good luck wishes.

      He makes Tucker look like a squeaky-clean businessman.

      He has zero credibility in my book. But as they say, fools and their money are soon parted.
      • 8 Years Ago
      bricklin is nothing more than a snake oil salesman synonomous with delorean. i would'nt buy a fly swatter from him.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "If things work out this time"??? Come on guys, Bricklin has left a 40 year trail of failed business ventures. This is going to be yet another.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is he building a hybrid for fuel conservation or for powerplant redundancy?