• Jul 19, 2008
Gibbs Technologies, makers of vehicles like the Aquada seen above, has managed to snag tax breaks from both the state of Michigan and the city of Auburn Hills to open its world headquarters near Detroit, the U.S. capitol for automakers. While we're sure that Michigan's Oakland County is happy to see Gibbs' investment in the area and the additional jobs it'll bring along with it, one must wonder just how many $85,000 aquatic vehicles the company plans to sell to sustain itself. Though it's headquartering itself in the Detroit area, manufacturing may be done elsewhere. Michigan is still reportedly in the running, but we'd imagine a less seasonal climate may prove beneficial for the research, development and testing of its upcoming amphibious line of vehicles.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Could make commuting to and from Manhattan, or to and from Long Island to New England a lot faster.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I still think these make great yacht tenders, or even a complement to a house boat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just give global warming a few more years and Michigan's lakes won't freeze and inhibit year 'round testing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is so "Bondish" its just too cool.

      • 6 Years Ago
      More boats you see, the less likely this thing will appear becauase this isnt a boat and they never really work well. Each application always fails in some way. I have a place on the water and would never even consider this. Aside from the fact that it would be best having launch sites near where you want to go, I just dont know what I would do with this on the water? Fish like a fishing boat, no. Sleep in bunks like a crusier, no. Rip around wave jumping at 70 mph like my jet skis, no. Have a bbq like on a pontoon, no. Only application I can see is where your on the road and need to cross water. Otherwise, cars are on dry land, boats are on water, the 2 don't mesh well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There might be 3 or 4 people in the world with big yachts that would see this as an appropriate launch....but those people can probably afford a helicopter and a Lotus Elise.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have seen videos of this thing out on the water and it actually performed quite well. Someone with the company said it was designed to hold 3 passengers so you could drive, bring a water skier/wakeboarder, and another passenger

        of course then you'd have to store the skis/wakeboard...

        but if anything besides crossing water it could be used for that
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting. I guess I figured it just fails at one or the other. You sacrafice a lot of creature comforts in the car so boating end works well and vice versa making both of them fall short whatever your doing. Sort of like the Icon, though would rather get my hands on that.

        http://www.iconaircraft.com/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would MI be such a bad place for research? There are so many lakes in MI, standing at one lake in MI you are practically within 8 miles of another lake. With that they could practically own a private test lake...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet another one of these things to fail. Why do they even bother?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just think about it... 35 minutes away from Auburn Hills is Harrison Twp... Boat Town USA. (More boats are owned and operated here than anywhere else in the USA)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gay! Yep.