Originally Posted by MB DNA
Neon, good morning. Really hard to "drive" smoke and mirrors.
"A near world beater" - please pass me whatever the heck you have in that bag . . .
Originally Posted by stevenvillatoro
I need to underscore MB DNA's sentiment. There was no proven aspect to any of the blue-sky promises that Elio used to induce prospective reservation holders.
There was no way to deliver on any promises that Elio pulled out of his ass. No cheap. No cheery. Never.
It could not get 84 MPG, or anything close. It could not be reliable. It could not be safe. It could not cost $6800, or anywhere close to that in regular production.
The gullibility of the American public is astounding, but the blame lies with Paul Elio, who should be jailed for fraud.
I 100% agree with both posts. I was flamed by kool-aid drinkers on the original thread regarding my doubts this would come to fruition. But as a person who has worked in the auto industry, I knew it wasn't a reality. Elio planned to market an extreme niche vehicle(even more so than smart), but wanted sales on par with a Ford Mustang. It was never going to happen... If he wanted to set a sales goal, it should have been at smart sales levels, not Big 3 levels. Because of that, it was doomed from the start. He was never going to get 250,000 sales a year, which his own plan stated he needed to make it viable. Plus they were counting on the Governement loans for capital development.
The entire scheme was based on pie-in-the-sky dreams to begin with... So there was no chance of this actually getting to market. I've seen what it takes to get a new vehicle to market, and Elio never has the depth of resources, or money to make it happen...
He threw around a lot of big-named suppliers as development partners, but here is the reality folks:
The checks stop coming in, and they stop work. No if's, and's, or but's about it... They don't get paid, they don't work on your project.