• Apr 15, 2009
Upon returning from a recent trip to Thailand, friends of ours related experiences of what it's like to travel on somewhat primitive roads in somewhat primitive vehicles. Disconcerting at first, but totally acceptable after a few trips prove that it's (relatively) safe. The vehicles of choice in Thailand, along with a bunch of other far-away locales, are Tuk Tuks, three-wheeled machines that marry the front end of a scooter to the rear end of a passenger car. Soon, you'll be able to get one in America.

We just got an email message from Tuk Tuk North America informing us that the company has officially been granted both DOT and EPA approval for its line of Mitsubishi-powered three-wheelers. This means that the Tuk Tuk will be completely road legal here in the United States. We're not so sure you'd want to drive one cross-country (though we understand it's fully capable of such trips), but as an around-town errand-runner, the little scoots might work out just fine, returning an estimated 55 miles per gallon.

The Tuk Tuk will come in many different styles, ranging from a three-passenger model up to the 12-passenger hauler. In addition to the passenger vehicles, there's a pick-up truck, dump truck, garbage truck (!), flatbed, van and even a bare chassis for DIY projects, with prices starting at just under $10,000.

[Source: Tuk Tuk USA]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      But that picture is in Italy at lake Garda. I wonder how out of place this would look if they showed it on a US road next to a couple of GMC Yukon's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It has springs up front... who needs modern shocks?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The picture on tuktukusa.com is taken in front of the Oakley headquarters in Foothill Ranch, California. Weird.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also, the girl is a hobbit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather tuktuk the blond.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I LOL'ed. And agree!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am just trying to find that girl on the Tuk Tuk website....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed, first thing I thought of was asking if she wanted to do something that rhymes with Tuk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Clearly she loves her Tuk Tuk and has no time for you.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      For a little less money and the ability to sit two up front (so you don't feel like a cab driver) I would seriously be tempted to buy one and tiki it out for a beach cruiser...
      Dane Cook
      • 5 Years Ago
      hi
      • 5 Years Ago
      The three-wheeled machine in the photo is the Piaggio APE Calessino (APE born in 1948) (http://www.morenogerardi.it/ape-calessino.php) so i think that TUK TUK is only a local assembler of Piaggio.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tut Tut, isn't that a Piaggio?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Derek --- you're right --- after an exhausting search for the picture of that girl on the Tuk Tuk site (like a few others on here were doing lol), I followed your lead in the google image search --- and bingo:

        http://autozonemadhepura.blogspot.com/2008/10/piaggio-ape-introduction.html

        It's the Piaggio "Ape" 3-wheeler.
        Much nicer looking than the clunky Tuk-Tuks.

        And much more likely to attract smokin' hot Blondes in Mediterranean Ports-of-Call, apparently........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very appropriate considering we are becoming a third world country.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, Democrats and Republicans. What have they ever done for us? And I don't want to hear anything about viaducts, you sympathizers!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really???

        I've got blazing fast internet, reliable electricity and sewage systems, the street out front of my apartment was just re-paved, there's a 40-story tower going up down the street, the company I work for has dozens of job vacancies, I could go on and on.

        Yeah we've got problems like our insane deficit, national debt, some failing industries that will require some difficult transitions, etc. But we ARE NOT on our way to becoming 3rd world country.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, I'm all for it, but how could that thing have possibly passed U.S. safety requirements? Are they approved for some lower class that has less stringent safety standards than regular cars have to meet?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The fact that it only has 3 wheels means it only has to meet the same standards as motorcycles and trikes - basically none.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think 3-wheelers are technically motorcycles in most states. That's how...
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this is the Nano's competition too? I'm not so sure.
      In India, autorickshaws (Tuk Tuk is a brand name) are purely fleet vehicles, so I'm not sure how ordinary people could buy these.
      At any rate, I'd rather buy a Nano.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing seriously needs to meet Chip Foose...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeremy, something's fishy with that photo, the vehicle pictured is a Piaggio Ape Calessino, a limited-edition (and expensive) Ape variant released in Europe in 2008.

      It's even a Piaggio press photo, with photoshopped TTUSA logos and a third headlight replacing the horn...

      More here (including the original photos and other photos from that shoot):
      http://2strokebuzz.com/?p=5102
        • 5 Years Ago
        Illnoise... wow, nice catch. I'm familiar with the Ape and did notice an eerie similarity to the Calessino, but didn't examine it that closely. Perhaps a bit of investigation is in order.

        JK
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