The Chevy Sprint was tiny and tinny and slow, but it sold for peanuts and got incredible fuel economy. This one lasted 30 years before washing up in a California self-service wrecking yard.
Okay, we admit it, we're as smitten by emerging and flashy technology as much as the next green geeks. But sometimes we get so caught up in the vehicles of tomorrow that we forget to look back at the incredibly green vehicles that have come before. One of the best – and most lampooned – was the Geo Metro.
The Aerocivic apparently has a distant relative from Canada. Darin Cosgrove, founder of Ecomodder.com, has added a boat tail to the back of his 1998 Pontiac Firefly (which is what the Geo Metro was called up north). According to Wired, the modified bodywork was constructed from cardboard, aluminum and duct tape, and it joins a series of previous aero mods including rear wheel skirts and a bellypan.
If you happen to be hanging out near Corbin, Kentucky tomorrow, you might consider making the trip to the Corbin Motor Speedway to check out the "high performance production electric car" being showcased tomorrow by Global Green Cars, the venture of Green Star Products Inc (GSPI) we told you about last week. Fresh off a successful appearance at the Rocky Mountain Raceway in their home state of Utah where the car made over 140 laps around the quarter mile oval, the company is eager to strut their
Our friend Ben over at EcoModder told us recently about an unusual conversion that was being discussed on the forums there: converting an old Geo Metro to hybrid drive. Yes, you read that right. What was originally an efficient little people mover (and, last year, a much-lusted-after ride) is transforming into a hybrid vehicle at the hands of EcoModder user Coyote X. The original goal: add electric drive to the vehicle for under $5,000 and with roughly 500 lbs. worth of stuff in order to go five
We've seen the values for older Geo Metro's skyrocket when fuel costs wer, um, skyrocketing. We've also wondered out loud if the perceived value is an accurate representation of what the cars should really sell for. Sure, getting 50 or more miles to the gallon is awesome, but the lack of modern conveniences, safety features and emissions technology are three major black marks against using the used vehicles as daily transportation. In any case, the high asking prices for used Metro's is still go
The used car market is responding very favorably to vehicles of ages past that have been able to eke the most miles from a single gallon of gas. The poster-child for the movement seems to be the oft-maligned Geo Metro, which is sometimes changing hands today for a similar dollar amount as it sold for when new in the early '90s. We're not so sure you could pry so many of our own hard-darned dollars from our sweaty palms for a vehicle that old, and Car and Driver is positive that they wouldn't spe
It's not uncommon for owners of the late, lamented Geo Metro XFI, which USA Today refers to as "nerdy," to report fuel mileage rivaling and sometimes beating hybrids such as the Toyota Prius. The lightweight structure and very small engines - just three-cylinders and 49 horsepower for the Metro - allow these little runabouts to post great mileage figures. With gas prices at an all-time high, the efficiency of vehicles like the Metro, Ford Fiesta and Apsire and Hyundai Excel is raising their pric