• Jun 2, 2007

There is currently a growing list of three-wheeled vehicles set to be sold in America. One reason for this trend is that by losing out on the fourth wheel, the vehicle is officially classified as a motorcycle and is therefore exempt from much of the safety testing that is required for automobiles. Some three-wheelers are more like cars than others, and the Corbin Raven qualifies as rather car-like in its execution. Consider the windshield, which offers some relief from wind and weather. Note the steering wheel replacing the handlebars, and foot pedals as opposed to hand controls. The vehicle appears to be front-wheel drive as well, and offers three-wheel steering. Also of note are what appear to be hydraulic tubes connected to the rear hub, which would explain how the rear-wheel steering operates.

There are many questions that hopefully will be answered soon, such as if heating and air conditioning are to be offered. We don't see a windshield wiper on the concept, either. One wonders what the frontal body work might look like, as well. It should also be noted that this is not Mike Corbin's first three-wheeled vehicle, the first one being the electric Corbin Sparrow. The Sparrow is now sold as the NmG, which stands for "No more Gas". Corbin is known for its motorcycle accessories, specifically seats, luggage and windshields. With gas prices on the rise, would any of you be interested in a vehicle such as the Raven, if it indeed is able to reach 100 miles per gallon and sell for less than $12,000?

[Source: Straightline]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      One word... UGLY!
      • 7 Years Ago
      just a word of warning, there were a lot of unhappy campers when it came to the original sparrow. from suppliers to customers, it seemed as if corbin could find few friends. a friend bough a sparrow, and w/ all the parts that had to be replaced and the wait for them to arrive, he was pretty upset. i think meyers motors has worked hard to flush out a lot of the bugs on the nmg.

      so...before you plunk down any cash, you might want to take a look at this guy's history, it ain't good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Growing list of three wheel cars coming to the US?

      There was an interest in these in the 1940s and 1950s UK after the war due to slow postwar economy and fuel costs as they were cheaper than cars to run. Why would there be an interest in these in the US now....oh, wait......
      nevermind.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Max, which model of smart... well... actually they are only building the fourtwo so that moots that line of questioning... which SMART fourtwo gets mear 100mpg? I wasn't aware of anything in production or development by SMART with that kind of fuel economy. Kindly elaborate for our benefit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not very nice...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I believe econo three wheel cars are the way of the future. Problem is the American government and the auto makers. The've been in bed together for such a long time They can't get past these GD gagetry laden barges they build. They use gas lots of rubbber and so on. So they wont allow any imports or development along the lines of a three wheeler. I know I've tried. Even labled as a motorcycle you cannot import them. They have sewed up The Department of Transportation so tight with rules and regulation that you can get into trouble just thinking about it.
      So much for a free society. Democracy my ass. Waldo
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm much more interested in the Piaggio MP3 for half the cost or the Smart Fourtwo for the same cost.

      But it sounds like the "alternative" transportation industry is finally getting some more well-deserved attention.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And doesn't anyone remember the days when the cars everyone wanted were Mustangs, GTOs, and Chargers? Ahh...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd have to drive one to be sure. Looks better than a Smart, for sure.

      Personally, I don't give a rats ass about safety. I'm not interested in living forever, anyway. If it's a fun ride, and American made, I'd consider it.

      If I were to get a trike, I'd rather have something more motorcycle like, and have as much open air-ness as possible. The roof would only be used on those days when I might get stuck in a rain storm.
      • 7 Years Ago
      100 MPG? Regardless of who builds it, this is a concept that needs to explored by the car companies. And yes, you could make it safe to drive and take a crash.

      Perhaps those 3 wheeled vehicles with a tricycle style layout sold in India could be a good starting point? They even have cargo versions. Think of the fuel savings for a UPS or FedEx outfit for urban small package delivery, not to mention the manuverability and parking ease.

      Something's gotta give. We need more 40-50 MPG cars in this country. Hopefully, demand will drive the market. People wont want these things until gas is 5 bucks a gallon, I guess.
      Tom Boswell
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just joined a flicker group .. for 3 wheel cars.. this site came up as I was searching for images.. I'm always looking for usual machines
      • 7 Years Ago
      Imagine getting hit on the freeway by a big machine...like a Smart 4 two.
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