Cenntro Group and KLD Energy Technologies is preparing to stick a finger in the eye of those super-macho folks who insist on driving big-old Ford F150s for their daily work vehicles by getting ready to debut what's got to be the least-macho utility vehicle in existence. Cenntro's Kombi electric vehicle, complete with KLD's OneDrive drivetrain, will start North American sales by the end of June, Gizmag says. And while an official mileage rating hasn't been granted by the Environmental Protection
No, the picture above is not that of a fully restored Volkswagen Bus. It is actually a 2012 Volkswagen Kombi that is still in production in Brazil... for now. Due to tougher safety regulations, the Kombi's days are numbered as Brazil's government is requiring all new cars to come with dual front airbags and anti-lock brakes as standard equipment. No word on a replacement for the long-lived Kombi, but it won't be the VW Bulli.
As a car-obsessed tot, your author used to snuggle up in his bed, pretending he was taking a long road trip in a Volkswagen camper van. The fantasy went so far as to include a small fan so there would be a constant rhythmic chatter similar to the air-cooled flat-four that helped build the Volkswagen name. While pure imagination capably transformed a twin bed into a Westfalia-trimmed Type II on a nightly basis, a user over at Instructables has gone even further than just dreaming, winding up with
2012 Hyundai Sonata (i40) wagon spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery