- Dec 6, 2005
- Louisville, KY USA
- Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ) Limited
BMW looks set to take on the smart, Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat 500 with its own resurrected legend - the Isetta microcar.
Originally made in the 50s, the three-wheeled two-cylinder Isetta measured 2.4m long and could seat two adults.
Though ideal for city driving with its bubble car-style front access, the Isetta made no allowances for parallel parking, having no reverse gear.
There?s nothing confirmed yet, but with strict European Commission CO2 targets necessitating all manufacturers to reduce emissions across their model range you can expect something Isetta-shaped in the pipeline by 2010.
It?s to be expected that the new version will add side doors, a fourth wheel and a few horses to the original?s 12, though the rear-mounted engine is expected to stay.
If equipped with BMW?s EfficientDynamics programme and a likely-small engine the Isetta can be expected to return excellent figures for fuel economy and carbon emissions. ?