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Life on three wheels: Arcimoto’s cute and quirky FUV

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2018 Arcimoto FUV Release Date, Price and Specs

Want to downsize your four-wheeled vehicle but aren’t quite ready to go full motorcycle? Maybe a reverse trike is more your bag. These half-moto/half-car vehicles could be your commute-problem solver, especially in crowded cities, and for good reason. They are electric, easy to park and perfect for short commutes. At the Los Angeles Auto Show the folks at Arcimoto showed off the FUV. Pronounce it anyway you want, but the Fun Utility Vehicle certainly puts a bit of joy in the commute.

Arcimoto FUV gives us a super-fun electric option for commuting

The Fun Utility Vehicle is like a cross between Mario Kart and Moto GP.

by Emme Hall

The FUV is about the length and height of a Smart car, but is a bit slimmer thanks to tandem-seating. A 12kWh battery comes standard for a range of 70 miles, but you can upgrade to a larger battery for 130 miles of range. It’s charged with a standard 110 outlet or a level 2 charger, but don’t expect high-speed CHAdeMO capabilities.

Two electric motors power the front two wheels of the FUV, giving it a top speed of 85 miles an hour. I got nowhere near that speed on my quick jaunt around downtown L.A., but the instant electric torque inspired plenty of confidence while I was sharing the road with big construction trucks around the Los Angeles Convention Center. Instead of a steering wheel, the FUV is operated with motorcycle handlebars. A hand-brake offers regenerative power but there is a hydraulic foot brake as well that can keep the little FUV stopped at a light. I don’t have much motorcycle riding experience, so using my left thumb for the turn signals was a little weird at first, but it soon became second nature.

Arcimoto FUV

Going into turns requires a bit of throttle at the beginning to help kick-start the power steering, but true to its name, it’s quite fun, inducing a bit of lean, feeling like a cross between Mario Kart and Moto GP. Visibility is excellent as, well, there were no doors on my tester. Doors are, fortunately, available.

Arcimoto will deliver six of the FUVs by the end of the year, with the rest of the 2,000 first-production run coming in 2018. The cost is $11.900, about half the price of the new Honda Gold Wing. You can grab a reservation for $100 at Arcimoto.com

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Cadillac to unveil future models sooner to improve quality

You won’t have to wait as long to see future Cadillac models from now on. 

According to a report by Automotive News, General Motors’ premium brand is tweaking the way it develops and introduces vehicles to the market. The changes will result in the brand publicly showing the vehicles sooner than they’ve typically done in the past. The cadence shift isn’t being done to build excitement for new cars and SUVs, it’s actually part of a bid to improve quality.

Cadillac president Johan de NysschenEnlarge Image

Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen


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Cadillac models have typically been revealed at auto shows and the like about two or three months ahead of the start of production. But that hasn’t given the automaker much time to test undisguised vehicles out on real-world roads, a step that’s seen as vital to ensuring quality. And like all other automakers, Cadillac camouflages development models in order to keep its future products a secret from competitors and the media.

But that’s all going to change. New Cadillacs will be unveiled about six or seven months ahead, and they’ll also be tested by a wider variety of GM employees. Having camouflage-free test vehicles available for more than just engineers to evaluate will open up the late-development process to new opinions and perspectives.

“We want to put more of our development cars into the hands of ordinary drivers, not just engineers, so people can see how they perform in normal usage conditions… and that really requires the removal of camo,” Cadillac president Johan de Nyscchen told the industry publication.

2018 Cadillac XTS

Cadillac has been in a state of perpetual rebirth for upwards of 15 years. Despite producing a number of critically acclaimed vehicles, it still hasn’t found the recipe for successfully challenging the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz in sales. That formula is a moving target, of course, but this change could be a small but important step towards improving the marque’s chances.

While automakers such as Tesla take a similar long-lead approach to vehicle reveals, many brands known for high quality vehicles do not. Honda, for example, has routinely revealed vehicles, including its latest Accord, mere weeks from their on-sale date. Doing so is seen as a way to prevent damaging sales of outgoing models still sitting on dealer lots. 

Like GM as a whole, Cadillac has done a tremendous amount of work over the past several years reducing its reliance on new-car incentives and discounts that tend to negatively impact resale value and brand image. This new earlier-reveal process may prove to be an extra challenge when it comes to moving departing models off showroom floors, but Cadillac officials remain resolute — brand spokesperson Donny Nordlicht tells Roadshow that the change won’t impact its sales strategy. “We’re being very disciplined with our incentives to help build the foundation of the brand, especially in the US… and that plan remains unchanged,” he said.

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A slew of new engine tech at the L.A. auto show video

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Range Rover doesn’t compromise with plug-in hybrid

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Head for the trail in the Toyota FT-AC Concept

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