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Honda is an automaker, it has been said, and of a motor company that vehicles into which to put its That sort of perspective a long way towards explaining the diversity of the company’s product The Japanese industrial giant lawnmowers, marine engines, even jet aircraft.

It’s one of only a handful of companies makes both cars and We recently had the chance to sample that falls in between.

called MC-β shorthand for Commuter Beta, which tells you it’s Honda’s stab at the formula. The first Commuter prototype was announced a prior and, though larger, struck us as a more product than its successor. But likely still be a while the formula is perfected and put into and even then it isn’t to find its way any time soon to American showrooms whether showrooms are selling cars, or ride-on mowers.

15 hp), but that’d still be less than the 15-kW maximum allowed by the aforementioned L7 in Europe. As it is, the system gives the about as much oomph as a scooter only with the (or liability) of a car’s frame you.

Only it’s not quite a car The MC-β’s pipe architecture is from Honda’s motorcycle not from its automotive unit. And it have much in the way of doors to of, either. Like the Twizy, the has what would barely in a Western saloon as half

There are no side windows, which has both its benefits and It saves weight, of course, and the need for climate control in all but the extreme of temperatures. Of course, it offer much protection the elements, either. (For its Renault ended up offering windows on the Twizy to address problem.) There’s a second in the back which (on the previous at least) could be swapped out for a of child-size seats.

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Climbing in or rather sliding and onto the front seat the we like best about the is the central driving position makes it almost feel a formula racecar. Almost: the position is much higher, and of there’s much less on tap than you’d find in a Formula Vee racer. But then, the isn’t designed for racing.

The immediate response and rear-drive make the MC-β feel enough, but more in a golf-cart than we’d equate to any car we’ve ever driven.

the MC-β’s small form, decision to forgo power seems logical enough. left is a rather heavy wheel (particularly at low speeds) entirely manageable, but demands a grip rather than a to turn. But with no gears to or place to rest your you drive with both on the wheel regardless.

The high seating position does it easy to place between the much as it would be for obstacles on the But without much bolstering to of in the seat, we really had to hold on in the for fear of flying out the window as the seatbelt struggled to keep us in (The flat seat helps with ingress and though.) The driving experience like we were seated a couple of cases of beer to a skateboard: despite its tall and narrow track, the vehicle’s low of gravity keeps the wheels on the but leaves the driver teetering on

A performance vehicle this is and we doubt this will be the prototype Honda tries putting such a commuter into production. But if there’s any with the diversity of experience to it work, surely it’s

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