Currently reading: British entrepreneur unveils flat-packed, low-cost vehicle
New OX light truck is designed for the arduous conditions of the developing world and will be sold on a non-profit basis
Steve Cropley Autocar
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14 May 2013

The world’s first flat-packed vehicle, a low-cost, two-tonne light truck called OX, designed for the most arduous conditions of the developing world, has been unveiled by the British entrepreneur, Sir Torquil Norman. He plans to sell production versions on a non-profit basis throughout the developing world.

Sir Torquil, whose previous charitable projects include a £30 million regeneration of London’s Camden Roundhouse as a youth training centre, has already invested about £1million in the project and established the Global Vehicle Trust to raise the further £3m he needs to build more prototypes and develop OX for production.

“Our aim,” says Sir Torquil, “is to give people in the developing world an affordable means of doing for themselves what they rely on outsiders for — fetching water, distributing seed and fertiliser, carrying people and produce to market and providing access to medical help.”

Designed by a well-known British engineering consultancy, OX consists of a simple, steel twin-rail chassis, flat body panels and a compact all-independent suspension — all of which can fit, when disassembled, inside the chassis. Major components will be made and part-assembled by European suppliers for assembly in simple workshops where a vehicle will be used. Six OX kits, with engines, can fit into one standard shipping container.

The OX’s simple three-person front bench seat locates the driver in the centre, eliminating a need for separate left- and right-hand-drive versions. The load area has rudimentary seating for 10 more occupants or space for eight large fuel drums and can carry a two-tonne payload — yet it is no longer than a Skoda Yeti.

The engine is a transversely mounted 2.2-litre Ford diesel driving the front wheels through a manual five-speed gearbox. Short overhangs, high ground clearance and wide tracks are all designed to make OX suitable for the world’s worst roads. The modular design will allow both four-wheel-drive and extra-length versions to be developed.

Sir Torquil Norman hopes his initial publicity will raise interest and backing among African and Asian-centred charities, and plans to have production-ready versions on the road “some time next year”.

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al_a_cart 15 May 2013

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amble 14 May 2013

Absolutely brilliant

I want one too.  When can we read the road test?

radium94 14 May 2013

Indian market

The Indian market already has many such mini trucks on sale..these come with smaller engines which max out at 50mph.The buyers give more importance to fuel economy than performance.So such a product with a relatively big 2.2 litre engine may lose out in economy.There are also the legal issues regarding having steering wheel in the middle.If your interested,do check out few of the Indian minitrucks.

Tata Ace

http://ace.tatamotors.com/home.php

Mahindra Maxximo

http://www.mahindramaxximo.com/

Ashok Leyland Dost

http://www.leylanddost.com/

And despite the heat,These vehicles either dont come with Air conditioning or are preferred to be bought without one

 

5w30 14 May 2013

radium94 wrote: The Indian

radium94 wrote:

The Indian market already has many such mini trucks on sale..these come with smaller engines which max out at 50mph.The buyers give more importance to fuel economy than performance.So such a product with a relatively big 2.2 litre engine may lose out in economy.There are also the legal issues regarding having steering wheel in the middle.If your interested,do check out few of the Indian minitrucks.

Tata Ace

http://ace.tatamotors.com/home.php

Mahindra Maxximo

http://www.mahindramaxximo.com/

Ashok Leyland Dost

http://www.leylanddost.com/

And despite the heat,These vehicles either dont come with Air conditioning or are preferred to be bought without one

 

with a smaller engine, you actually lose out on economy (and engine life span) when you have a load on it, we have Tata Ace's here and they are so unreliable and badly put together that PHC (tata's agents) stopped importing them...

radium94 14 May 2013

Yes the plastics are very

Yes the plastics are very crude and are of very bad quality.But the common Indian man who generally does not bother much about these issues.He is more interested in cheap mobility and transportation.Tata's Ace people movers can seat around 10 people relatively comfortably and these are so popular all over India as an alternative to public transport buses.And an average Indian car delievers lower miles per gallon compared to US-UK counterparts because of more traffic congestion in cities.

5w30 14 May 2013

radium94 wrote: .And an

radium94 wrote:

.And an average Indian car delievers lower miles per gallon compared to US-UK counterparts because of more traffic congestion in cities.

 

good point!!

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