by J Kraus
The data on full-year 2008 automobile sales of all types in the United States has reached my compound. The reader may be surprised that for the first time, the largest selling car was not the perennially popular mid-size Honda Accord (373,000) or Toyota Camry (437,000) but a genuinely efficient, small, lightweight and inexpensive runabout.
Topping the 2008 sales chart with an impressive 457,000 units sold was in fact the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. This parsimonious single-seater uses absolutely no imported petroleum, coal-fired electricity, biodiesel, or used french-fry oil for propulsion, and sells for a very reasonable $49.99. Its popularity was such that it achieved the number one position despite a very limited colour range and no rebate offers or special financing.>
While some enthusiasts may take issue with its lack of creature comforts, closer scrutiny reveals there is sound logic for this minimal approach. As an example, tinted glass, rear defroster and power windows are lacking, but this is simply due to the fact that the Cozy Coupe has no windows.
While The Little Tikes Company claim the timely, energy-efficient, zero-emission design of the Cozy Coupe was conceived entirely in-house, it would seem that its alternating-foot propulsion technology is heavily derivative of well established principles that in fact date back to the stone age:>