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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), defines the Venice and Laguna as three-wheel motorcycles. They do not undergo the same crash testing as a traditional automobile nor do they have airbags or other automobile specific safety features so to call it a three-wheel car is not accurate.
Folding City Car: Zaschka Three-wheeled car, 1929. Engelbert Zaschka , German inventor, and his folding three-wheeler. Velorex was a manufacturing cooperative in Solnice , Czechoslovakia , formed in 1936 to satisfy demand for small, inexpensive city cars .
Elio Motors highlights its $7,000, 84-mpg 3-wheeled car. With just 8 gallons (30 liters) of gas onboard, the Elio can drive up to 672 miles (1,081 km) – that's a trip from New York to Detroit without ever filling up.
Lyndon McNeil. The first automobiles started out with three wheels: Nicolas Cugnot's 1770 Steam Dray rolled on three, as did Karl Benz's 1886 Patented Motorwagen. In recent years we've seen a lot of big carmakers produce three-wheeled concepts, including Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz, GM, BMW, and Volkswagen.
3 Companies Behind the Hot 3-Wheeled Car Trend. But there's mounting evidence three-wheeled vehicles are, in fact, growing in popularity. The Economist, in a recent report, says that the trend began in 2012. That's when Morgan, the British company whose two-seat V-Twin was the most popular three-wheeler prior to World War II,...