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Obvio! Automotoveiculos SA of Brazil has picked Lotus Engineering to help it develop two new microsports cars that are being dubbed trybrids. Obvio! will initially be building two new cars, the 828 and 012, for markets around the world. Lotus has been given a full development program that includes the vehicle safety structure, integration of engines capable of running on gas, ethanol or natural gas and other variants. The flex-fuel internal combustion variants will hit the streets first followed

ZAP certainly seems to be doing well. Revenues for the micro car distributor for the first 6 months of 2006 surpassed all of 2005 while the 2nd quarter alone showed a 376 percent increase over the same period last year. Now, they've got their sights set on Europe.