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Ultra low-cost transportation doesn't have a particularly successful history in the recent past. Just ask Tata. The company's Nano subcompact was supposed to revolutionize the way low-income families the world over moved themselves, but as it turns out, even those with no money don't want to be seen in a vehicle known primarily for its cheapness. Even so, one company is working to give rural Africans a shot at changing their lives with a new low-cost SUV. Nairobi-based Mobius Motors wants to build an machine capable of handling the inhospitable roads of the continent's interior for just $6,000 – a price it says is similar to the auto rickshaw.

How? Mobius has sacrificed niceties like air conditioning and glass side windows to keep the cost as low as possible. As a result, the company's engineers have managed to craft a machine with nearly 14 inches of ground clearance and beefy skid plates underneath. There's no word on what's under the hood, though the company's first effort, the Mobius One, made use of a Toyota 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Mobius Motors says the interior can be configured to haul either people or 1,100 pounds of cargo. Not too shabby. Look for the Mobius Two to launch this year.


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      Hey Sarge
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mobius One huh? Funny, that was the call sign used on Ace Combat 4. Just thought I'd point that out for no obvious reason.
      ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      They seem to forget that around most of the world, the lower class would rather buy a nice USED car, and these are greatly depreciated and often a great value if you don't mind a couple scratches or door dings by the time its yours.
      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, form follows function, simple honest, does what is says on the box..! all for car design taking this approach across the board.
        ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ERNSTEVERYTHING
        I can almost assure you that any major manufacturer's equivelent will have far superior function. This is likely going to have the attention to detail and quality of components that you see in ultra-budget chinese motorcycles, where the exhaust ends up falling off 100 miles down the road because nuts were left loose and without locks on them with zero quality-control mechanisms in place, and spotty welding and other issues that demonstrate that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. Basically, the law of diminishing returns not only rears its head on the ultra-expensive cars but on the ultra-cheap cars too where it starts to become more and more obvious that important corners were cut.
          Snark
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ducman69
          There is no equivalent made by a major manufacturer.
      MustangMatt429
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks extremely similar to this: http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r225/IriemonTBC/top_gear_hammerhead.jpg
      sloturbo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like these guys. Design. We believe in the simple, not the complex. Excellence. We believe great just isn't good enough. Vision. We believe the impossible is possible. Collaboration. We believe cross-pollination of ideas unlocks deep innovation. Fun. We believe work should be challenging, and the challenge should be fun. Focus. We believe in creating products that will change lives.
      g.seefried
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new African Obama Hummer
      dts187
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forget, sell me one for camping and general off-road hooliganism!
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      A $6,000 SUV for Africa? Isn't that a heavily used Land Rover or Land Cruiser?
      Lonnie
      • 3 Years Ago
      By the time the U.S. environmental standards (emissions, etc.) were met, what would you guess the price would be then?
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      victor.maitlin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would probably spend 10k-15k on one of these. Great looking. Maybe a couple of modern amenities like windows and I'd buy one immediately.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a basic Defender.
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