My wife and I have purchased our last three cars on craigslist. We have paid cash for all three. The newest of the three was built in 1995, and they had a cumulative total of over 350,000 miles and cost us about $6,000. Total, for all three. I say this to illustrate that neither of us put much stock in nice, new cars. We pay cash because paying high interest charges on a car just doesn’t make sense to us. We’d rather put the extra money into our condo or savings accounts.

I truly never thought I would want a new car. I figured if I won the lottery or something, a three-year old car would be an indulgence. So I was rather shocked at my visceral reaction to an article I read about the Loremo. I wanted that car. Badly. So badly that I forwarded the article to my wife and told her I was going to start saving. Next year, against my better judgment, I may drop a down payment on a $22,000 car, something I never thought I would do.

So why has the Loremo so captured my imagination? Well, there are a number of reasons. But the foremost is gas. As we all know, gas prices have become obscene. It’s gotten so bad that every ride in the car now feels like an extravagant luxury. The Loremo gets an astonishing 150 per gallon of gas. As they like to advertise, you could drive from New York to Los Angeles on about three tanks of gas. I’ve crunched the numbers, and the money I’ll save in gas each month will be nearly equivalent to a monthly car payment. In that way, the Loremo makes perfect sense to buy.

The name Loremo stands for “Low Resistance Mobile.” The designers completely streamed the design of the car for greatly-reduced wind resistance and engine efficiency. With some great ingenuity, the vehicle’s efficiency is unparalleled.

If you’re concerned about the environment, the Loremo’s footprint is minimal to say the least. The designers’ thinking was that hybrid cars are great, but if they are using electric power that is still power that needs to be generated somehow. Instead, by retooling a car’s resistance, it simply requires less power. In other words, the Loremo doesn’t just replace one problem with another.

The car’s power will leave something to be desired if you like drag racing. That’s definitely not me. If it takes an extra second or two for the car to get up to 60 mph, I’m not going to cry about it. With all the upsides to this vehicle, I think sacrificing a little bit of power is reasonable. But if you insist on that extra power, they also offer a GT version of the vehicle for more money.

The final selling point will sound a bit ridiculous. Especially considering I already admitted I drive a thirteen year old car that cost less than $2,000. But I am absolutely in love with the front and back doors. Rather than opening on the sides, like typical car doors, or opening up and out, like a DeLorean’s door, or just up like a Lamborghini’s doors, the whole front end of the car opens up like a pez dispenser, and you hop inside. It is so cool looking I almost started drooling. I know, that’s not the strongest reason for buying a car. Just being honest here.

With all these selling points, and a more-than-reasonable price tag of $22,000, the Loremo is sure to be a huge hit in the states. And I’m about to violate one of my own steadfast rules and get a brand new one next year.

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