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Plymouth Voyager III
First Proven: 1990 Chicago Auto Present
Description: Two-in-one economic system automobile and minivan
Gross sales Pitch: “Challenges standard 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 might be engaged and disengaged as energy calls for warranted, enhancing gas economic system when cruising or evenly loaded.
When linked 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 absolutely assembled Voyager III was simply 8.5 inches longer than a manufacturing Plymouth Grand Voyager. Sadly, inside pictures of the Voyager III are troublesome to return by.
If you happen to’ve by no means puzzled why you’ll be able to’t join your vehicles collectively, the Plymouth Voyager III could not make sense to you. That’s okay, as a result of it doesn’t make any sense to me, both. Per legendary auto government Bob Lutz, then with the Chrysler Company, the Voyager III would have price far an excessive amount of to deliver to market, so it’s probabilities of seeing manufacturing had been slim.
Reality is, novel as the thought was, it didn’t make any extra sense than merely proudly owning an inexpensive commuter automobile and a minivan, and NOT mating them collectively. Contemplate this: The Voyager III, for all of its complexity and potential price, was only a single automobile—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 trouble 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 have a look at, the Voyager III Idea addressed no really transportation points in any handy or affordable vogue.
Plymouth Voyager III Idea Gallery
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Plymouth Voyager III Idea