Tunisian-Built Fiberglass SUV Offers Cheap Mobility For $13K

9 April 2021 - motor1

Tunisian-Built Fiberglass SUV Offers Cheap Mobility For $13K

Imported cars are prohibitively expensive in the country.

Global poverty rates fell over the last decade alongside a burgeoning middle class. However, not everyone has had the opportunity to buy the latest and greatest from the world’s largest automakers. Countries like Tunisia make it prohibitively expensive to buy a new car, leading many to look at the used market, or not at all, though there’s a homegrown solution called Wallys Car. It offers the Iris, a hand-built car that starts at $13,000.

Half of the car’s cost is tied up in its imported engine from France, though it fits inside the Tunisian-assembled fiberglass body. The partly sum is still wildly expensive for many middle-class budgets, though far cheaper than most new cars. The Business Insider video above notes that a new Toyota Corolla could start at over $30,000 in the African country. Even a used car like a Ford Fiesta is often twice as expensive there as it would be in the US. But what does $13,000 get you?

It’s a bare-bones automobile designed to help solve a specific problem, so it lacks the usual bells and whistles we come to expect with today’s new cars. However, customers wanting more aren’t left in the dark as the price can more than double, thanks to an expansive list of options. Exterior upgrades include LED headlights and fog lights, backup sensors, a rearview camera, 16-inch rims, and a selection of bold exterior colors that includes a range of pinks and purples.

The car’s specs aren’t anything to write home about, but it doesn’t disappoint. Power comes from a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 82 horsepower (61 kilowatts), with a top speed of 98 miles per hour (158 kilometers per hour). It’s no AMG, but that’s plenty of power for the majority of people. The one place it is a bit lacking is the interior, though customers can upgrade that too with front speakers, comfier seats, extra soundproofing, armrest, and a touchscreen, which is about a $700 premium. But what more does one really need in a new car?

News By Tags

A1A2AbarthACAPAcidentealfa romeoAlfa Romeo GiuliaAlfa Romeo TonaleAlgarveAljustrelAmaranteappleArcos de ValdevezAssociação Automóvel de Portugalaston martinauctionaudiAudi A3Audi A4Audi A6Audi e-tronAudi q8Audi R8Audi Rs4Audi Rs6auto industryAutódromo Internacional do AlgarveAzores RallyeBarcelosBarreiroBejabentleybikebikesBMWBMW 1 SeriesBMW 2 SeriesBMW 3 seriesBMW 4 SeriesBMW 8 seriesBMW M3BMW M4BMW m5BMW X3BMW X5BMW x7bmw z4bombeirosBragaBrasilBrazilBrexitBugattibuying guideCabrioCaminhaCampeonato de Portugal de KartingCampeonato de Portugal de RalicrossCampeonato Nacional de Velocidadecar buying guidecar rentCarlos GhosnCarro elétricocarros usadosCarta de conduçãoCascaisCastelo BrancochevroletchinaChryslercitroenCitroen C3classicclassic carclassicsCoimbraconvertiblecoronavirusCrash Testcrash testsCristiano RonaldoCupraCupra Formentorcustom cardaciaDacia DusterDacia Sanderodieseldiesel scandaldieselgatedrag raceDSDucatielectricEMELemissionsEspanhaEspinhoEstacionamentoestradasEUEuropaeuropeevFafeFaroFCAFederação de Motociclismo de PortugalFerrariFiatFiat 500Fiat 500eFiat 500XFiat PandafordFord FiestaFord FocusFord KugaFord RangerFord Transitformula 1Formula eFranceFrankfurt Motor ShowGenesisGeneva Motor ShowGermanyGNRGondomarGoogleGovernoGuardaGuimarãeshistoryhondaHonda CivicHonda HR-VhybridHyundaiHyundai i20Hyundai Santa FeHyundai TucsonISVitaliaItalyJaguarjeepJeep CompassJeep GladiatorJeep WranglerkiaKia NiroKia SportageLA Auto ShowLamborghiniLancialand roverLand Rover DefenderLand Rover DiscoveryLeirialexusLisboaLisbonLotusLouléMaçãoMadeiraMaiaMarco de CanavesesMaseratiMatosinhosmatrículasmazdaMazda CX-5Mazda CX-60Mazda MiataMcLarenMercado automóvelmercedesMercedes A-classMercedes S-ClassmetroMGMiguel OliveiraminiMini CooperMini CountrymanMini John Cooper WorksMitsubishiMitsubishi OutlanderMonçãoMontalegreMorganMOTOCROSS E ENDUROmotorcyclemotorsportNew York Auto ShownissanNissan GT-RNissan LeafNissan MicraNissan QashqaiOdemiraoffroadOlhãoOliveira de AzeméisopelOpel AstraOpel CorsaOpel MokkaOvarPalmelaparcómetrosParedesPenafielPeugeotPeugeot 208Peugeot 308Peugeot 5008Peugeot 508Peugeot 508 SWpickuppolicePombalPonta DelgadaPonte de LimaPorschePorsche 911Porsche CayennePorsche MacanPorsche PanameraPorsche TaycanPorsche Taycan Cross TurismoportagensPortimãoPortoPortugalpreçosProdução automóvelPSAPSPradaresRalicrossRallyRamRange RoverRange Rover EvoquerecallrenaultRenault AustralRenault CapturRenault DusterRenault MeganeRenault Zoerent a carreplicarestorationRio MaiorRolls-Roycesafetysafety ratingsSafety testsSamsungSanta Maria da FeiraSantaremSanto TirsoSão João da MadeiraSão MiguelscooterseatSeat CupraSeat LeonSeat TarracoSergio MarchionneSetubalSintraskodasmartSmart ForTwospainspy shotsStellantissubarusupercarssuvsuzukiSuzuki JimnytaxitechnologyteslaTesla Model 3Tokyo Motor ShowtoyotaToyota AygoToyota CorollaToyota HiluxToyota Land Cruisertoyota supraToyota YarisTroféu BetatrucktuninguberukUnited StatesUSAused car buying guideValençaValongovendasVendas de carrosViana do CasteloVieira do MinhoVila do CondeVila Nova de FamalicãoVila Nova de GaiaVila RealVila VerdeViseuvolkswagenVolkswagen GolfVolkswagen ID.4Volkswagen T-RocvolvoVolvo XC40vwVW CaddyVW golfVW PoloVW T-RocYamaha