Sunday, March 09, 2008

Technology: the Carver One

Motorcycles and automobiles have been around for decades. Truly new, differentiated vehicle concepts are few and far between. But I think the Carver One qualifies: it appears to be the first viable cross between a two- and four-wheeler.

Here is something that will make you go out of your way to find curvy roads: the Carver One! You steer it like a car, but when cornering it banks like a motorcycle while you feel like you are flying a jetfighter. The thrill of this tilting capability combined with the handling of a sports car makes for an exhilarating driving experience unlike any other!

The vehicle is marketed in New Zealand, Poland and (soon) Russia.

As for the U.S.?

Over the past few years we have been receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from American and Canadian automotive enthusiasts. Obviously, as part of the global roll out of the Carver One, we have been looking into distributing to the North American market as well.

Naturally, the European-specification model will have to be modified to meet national standards. And there is more to that than meets the eye.

We initially appointed a dedicated team for the North American market, responsible for the roll out of a nationwide sales and service network. Meanwhile, it has become clear that additional market analysis and funding are required for the launch to be successful, after which we will resume our active marketing efforts.

A dedicated team has started an in-depth analysis of the requirements to make the vehicle ideally suited to the North American market. One of the most important modifications involves the engine. Further planned enhancements include the addition of air-conditioning...

Carver One Links: Vids, Pics. Carver Europe BV website (Photography: Koop Photography).

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