DETROIT (WWJ) – It gets 84 miles a gallon — is expected to cost under $7,000 and you don’t have to peddle.

What is it? Elio. You’ll see it at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Jerome Vassallo, vice president of sales for Elio Motors, spoke to WWJ’s City Beat reporter Vickie Thomas from the corporate headquarters in Detroit.

Elio Back (VThomas)“We have a top speed of 100 miles per hour,” said Vassallo. “Zero to 60 is a little faster than your hybrids – slower than a Mustang.”

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Elio is a three-wheeler and carries about half the weight of a standard car and is about half the width. At 1,200 pounds it has the appearance of a sleek race car.

Front-to-back two-person seating is the secret to the company’s high fuel efficiency along with being half the width of traditional passenger cars. Therefore, the Elio moves half as much air as a traditional passenger car, and wind drag is the single biggest factor impacting fuel economy during highway driving according to the auto makers website.

The target base price is $6,800 and Vassallo says they have about 50,000 reservations for the Elio right now.

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Find out more about Elio Motors [here].