• Nov 14th 2011 at 7:35PM
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While one might imagine that the Milan International Motorcycle Show (EICMA) is strictly a two-wheeled affair, it's become apparent that's not necessarily the case. The proof? Meet DANY, a two-door city car with seating for four, by Belumbury.

The new Italian company decided that having the chance to have its debut product seen by the 500,000 people that attend EICMA was too great an opportunity to pass up, despite a potentially excessive number of wheels. Developed in conjunction with the Università di Camerino, DANY comes in both electric and gasoline-powered flavors.

Both are of steel tube construction with plastic bodies with lots of thought given to safety and sustainability. Both have 4-wheel disc brakes, MacPherson struts suspension and are rear-wheel-drive with a turning radius of 8.4 meters (27.6 foot).

The electric version is powered by a 10 kW (13.41 horsepower) AC motor motor capable of 140 Nm (103 lb ft) of torque. The juice is stored in a 16.3-kWh lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery pack and is said to offer 112 miles of range in Eco mode – 90 miles in "Race" mode. Top speed is listed as just 96 km/h (59.3 miles per hour), allowing it to be categorized as a Quadricycle in Europe.

The gas-powered version uses a two-cylinder engine with a half-liter of displacement that makes 15 kW (20.12 horsepower) and 36.5 Nm (37 pound feet) of torque. All that power – yes, all of it – is sent to the wheels via a CVT (continuously variable transmission). Gasoline consumption is said to be a reasonable 26 km/l (61.16 mpg), while the top speed is slightly less than the electric variant at 90 km/h (55.92 mph).

There's no word yet on when the Rome-based production will start or the size of the price tag. When the DANY does go on sale, it's likely that distribution will be limited to Europe. Hit the jump to see this smartly-designed Italian in action in its promotional video.



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      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not enough power or top speed to sell in the US, just saying
        DarylMc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        But it's got race mode!
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        Oh there could be a niche market for it, but it will never be sold here because it won't pass crash tests.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Smart cars were carefully designed by German engineers and pass crash tests. This is a 'quadracycle' . . . it doesn't pass the tests. It is viewed more as a 4-wheel motorcycle . . . use at your own risk.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Smart cars do, why not this?
      Roy_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      This quadricycle classification is stupid. I had no idea that a car could go up to almost 100kmph and still qualify, I thought is was equivalent to our NEV classification. This just allows cheap unsafe cars on the road as no safety tests are required. I guess this is just a case of buyer beware, but many people will opt for the huge dollar savings and death rate will go up. This puts insurance companies in a strange position, as they will have to pay out more for victim's hospital care as they get hit by other vehicles, but base their rate on driver's fault and the amount of damage that can be caused by the vehicle. Insurance rates will be cheap, but in my opinion should have a large factor based on safety.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        Should we ban motorcycles too?
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        Well said, Spec. It's interesting how people are quick to talk about safety and "death traps" at the drop of a hat when talking about small cars. There is a mental disconnect about motorcycles and scooters. Thin lightweight doors and frame = death trap, open air = motorcycle or scooter and these are somehow not a death trap. Weird.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        Basically, a quadricycle is an NEV with a higher speed. Safety is an issue, though it must be pointed out that a quadricycle is safer than a motorcycle with the same speed capability. Quadricycles are allowed in many European nations, but as far as I know, none of the US states allows it. Ironically, going to a 3 wheel or 2 wheel design would re-classify it as a "motorcycle" and allow it to be driven in the US. But a 4 wheel design would be more stable, less skid-prone, thus safer than a 3 wheeled "enclosed motorcycle", so perhaps we should be re-classifying quadricycles in the same class as motorcycles and subject to the same rules.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      The electric is faster than the gas version? Wow. Sadly, I'm sure the electric costs twice as much as the gas version. Well, it is never going to make it to the USA in any case.
      LEONARD
      • 3 Years Ago
      My comment Vanished ?? oh well 2nd time it's a winner if under $16k
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LEONARD
        I and others ave noticed vanishing posts too. if you are sure you posted it then use the send feedback function
          LEONARD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          i am sure, i was the 1st to post on this story it was up lastnite and down in the morning.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bets looking EV out there bar none....was it really that freaking hard?
      Kei Jidosha
      • 3 Years Ago
      A good looking Tata Nano (also a motorcycle alternative). Too bad the IIHS and NHTSA say "Non ammessi nel nostro paese".
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice hips. I guess we are supposed to think about plugging in : ) speaking of which, I noticed that the charge connector wasn't j1772 but just a standard european industrial single phase 230V. bit curious to go it alone on that. 10kW isn't much but will no doubt get you around so if the price is right, why not.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Hey - 112 mile range? That's getting pretty good...10kw or not... Range price and charge time...range is starting to get there...
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Yeah, I think it is important to get to 100+ mile ranges. The Leaf's range is a bit too short. And the Mitsubishi-i is definitely too short with its 62 miles range. The need to bump up the battery sizes a little . . . and do a just little more of Dan's mantra . . . lighter and more aerodynamic.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          @DaveMart C'mon . . . it can do 60mph. Granted, that is not the maximum highway speed, but it is close. You could drive that on any highway.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          From the power of this thing, you would probably need two drivers to go 112 miles. The first would have died of boredom or old age!
      niky
      • 3 Years Ago
      The economy is about right for a 500cc motor in a small car, but 20 hp is seriously weedy. The Suzuki/Maruti Alto gets the same economy with a 45 hp 600cc motor. Or perhaps it's meant to get that economy on the urban cycle... which would be pretty neat. Still... only two seats?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that is the coolest car commercial since Sting sang Desert Rose in the back of a Jaguar. We are witnessing transportation finally entering the consumer electronics design world, and who better than Matthew Bellamy, lead singer of Muse, to wail our arrival. As for the quadracycle class - I think it is a sorely ignored class of vehicles for Americans, especially those in or near a city. VW, Audi, Opel, etc. are all designing 2 seat / tandem vehicles for this market, and they will be a popular choice for those who would like scooters / motorcycles, if it weren't for inclement weather.
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