Amphibious Passenger Vehicle to be sold in U.S.

By Brendan Moore

06.18.2007

Here’s something a little different: Gibbs Technologies of the U.K. says it will start selling its amphibious vehicles to consumers in the U.S. in 2009. I’ve been following the development of these vehicles for a couple of years now, and it appears as if the company finally intends to sell their cars to the retail public.

Aquada

Gibbs developed the Aquada in 1997, and has been doing development testing ever since. The company now has 10 models, spread across consumer, commercial and military categories, including the Aquada, and is now poised to enter the market via a yet-unknown distribution network. A company spokesman said the response so far in customer clinics has been extremely strong. The Aquada, the consumer model, will travel in excess of 110 mph on land and 33 mph on water, and cost approximately $85,000 USD.

1967 Amphicar

The only other amphibious vehicle sold to the U.S. public was the odd-looking Amphicar, made in Berlin, Germany in the 1960’s. Few cars were sold in the U.S., and are somewhat prized by collectors today, even though it’s an awful (and slow!) car and a worse (even slower!) boat. I have been in an Amphicar on the road and the water, and it is a somewhat unnerving experience in both environments. You’re in constant peril of being swamped while in the water, and in danger of being run over by any other car while you’re on the road. I will say, however, that the two Amphicar owners I’ve met were inordinately cheerful, nice guys and extremely proud of their unusual vehicles.

Humdinga – commercial model

By all accounts, the products by Gibbs are cutting-edge, modern, attractive and quite fast. Which, BTW, would make them the polar opposites of the Amphicar. Gibbs states that they not only intend to start sales in 2009, but they want to set up R&D facilities and manufacturing plants in the United States for the amphibious vehicles as soon as possible.

I, for one, cannot wait for a combined land/sea test drive.

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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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4 Comments

  1. Now we’re talking! Forget the $200,000 exotic car. This is the thing that will turn heads when you drive right into the water and take off. Or vice-versa, when you exit the water, drive up the boat ramp, and accelerate away!

  2. “Jack of all trades, master of none” comes to mind. It’s a neat concept in theory, but I’ll believe it’s successful when I see a neutral road/sea test of it.

  3. Sweet cars I would love one I think that would be awesome Just think of all the girls!!!

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