Are microcars the answer to parking issues across the world? Vanarama looked into the matter.
Worldwide parking issues and congestion could be saved, if microcars catch on. The cars are half the size, so finding a parking space wouldn’t ever be a problem and would solve potential issues of countries outgrowing their parking spaces, according to a previous study from Vanarama. Not to mention, they’re typically more affordable to buy new than your average car.
So, if microcars do catch on, Vanarama has decided to visualise what that might look like, using five car manufacturers and taking inspiration from their previous models to envision a quadricycle future just like Fiat have.
Fiat is due to launch a new electric, wait for it, quadricycle, in the UK and wider Europe in 2024. The microcar is based on the Citroen Ami, which came out on sale last year. Fiat has affectionately named it Topolino, taking the name and design inspiration from the original Fiat 500.
These quadricycles are four-wheeled vehicles that are smaller and lighter than a car, and usually have a top speed of 28 mph. In the UK you can’t use them on a motorway, and in the USA you don’t even need a licence to drive them.
With two new microcars on the market, will we see more manufacturers launch quadricycles?
Ford Quadricycle: Country Meets Urban Living
Known for its versatility and ruggedness, Ford could bring its expertise to the microcar market with a model design for city living, whilst not forgetting their country roots.
With the Ford F-Series being the best-selling truck in the U.S. for 46 years, and even selling an F-Series truck every 49 seconds last year, we’ve modelled this quadricycle on the famous vehicle. Whilst you’ll not be able to transport as much as the original pickup, you’ll still be able to fit in a bag or two. With its refined size and sturdy construction comes an added benefit—it will be nimble in tight city streets.
At the front and centre of this vehicle is the bold grille that Ford pickups have become known for. We’ve also added a nod to the original F-Series with curved wheel arches that were often found on cars of the 50s, alongside a modernised version of the classic model’s wheels.
See the full article with other renders on the Vanarama website.