The numbers of pre-orders for Yo-Avto's trio of yo-mobiles (Yo CrossCoupe, Yo Microvan and Yo Furgon) are climbing. Car Advice reports that on the first day of accepting online reservations, Yo-Avto logged an astounding 51,188 orders and that total pre-orders have topped 138,800. Of course, these numbers mean next to nothing since pre-ordering a yo-mobile doesn't require a deposit or a signed commitment to buy the vehicle.
Back in January, Russia's domestically-built ë-mobile (that's pronounced yo-mobile, yo) – the natural gas hybrid minicar dreamed up by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov – was wheeled out for its public unveiling in Moscow. Last Friday, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin buckled in behind the wheel of the yo-mobile and set out on a three-mile journey to visit President Dmitry Medvedev.
Word of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's plans to mass produce the world's cheapest natural gas hybrid minicar ($7,000 to $10,000) leaked out earlier this year. The billionaire's ambitious project calls for the construction of assembly plant in the Russian city of Togliatti starting in January 2011. Prokhorov's investment, a mere €150 million ($201 million U.S. at the current exchange rate), will supposedly fund construction of the facility and production of the the hybrid vehicles.