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Plymouth Voyager III
First Proven: 1990 Chicago Auto Present
Description: Two-in-one financial system automotive and minivan
Gross sales Pitch: “Challenges typical automotive design, and addresses future transportation points.”
First seen on the 1990 Chicago Auto Present, the Voyager III was one thing out of Saturday-morning cartoon, the place it probably ought to have stayed. The Two-piece folks mover featured a removable entrance module that was powered by a 3-cylinder engine, doubtlessly powered by propane, and seating for 3 passengers. The ahead part was designed to be environment friendly and straightforward to maneuver when working independently.
When backed into—and mated to—the passenger module, the Voyager III Idea featured seating for as much as 11 passengers (3+8). The rear module was outfitted with a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine, that, when working in tandem with the entrance module’s engine produced 250 horsepower. The rear engine may very well be engaged and disengaged as energy calls for warranted, enhancing gas financial system when cruising or flippantly loaded.
When related to the rear module, the entrance module’s rear wheels retracted up into the automobile to scale back drag and enhance maneuverability.
Per Plymouth, the totally assembled Voyager III was simply 8.5 inches longer than a manufacturing Plymouth Grand Voyager. Sadly, inside photographs of the Voyager III are troublesome to return by.
When you’ve by no means puzzled why you possibly can’t join your vehicles collectively, the Plymouth Voyager III might not make sense to you. That’s okay, as a result of it doesn’t make any sense to me, both. Per legendary auto govt Bob Lutz, then with the Chrysler Company, the Voyager III would have price far an excessive amount of to carry to market, so it’s probabilities of seeing manufacturing have been slim.
Fact is, novel as the concept was, it didn’t make any extra sense than merely proudly owning an reasonably priced commuter automotive and a minivan, and NOT mating them collectively. Think about this: The Voyager III, for all of its complexity and potential price, was only a single automotive—the again half wouldn’t operate independently of the entrance. So, the Voyager III was like paying for 2 vehicles, and solely proudly owning one.
Additionally…propane, actually? Think about the effort of hauling each items of your mega-minivan all the way down to the native propane dispensary for particular person fills. Enjoyable as it’s to take a look at, the Voyager III Idea addressed no truly transportation points in any handy or cheap style.
Plymouth Voyager III Idea Gallery
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Plymouth Voyager III Idea