Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Grrr ... It's a Tiger Truck

Tiger Star Van - Subcompact CultureWhile visiting my alma mater, University of Wisconsin - Stout, this summer, I ran across a small kei-looking vehicle used for on-campus errands. When I was at Stout in the late '90s, they had a few Daihatsu and Suzuki kei vehicles with dump beds for grounds work, but this little vehicle was fully enclosed. I noticed it said "Tiger Truck" on the front and back. Never heard of it. So what it a Tiger Truck?

Tiger Truck is Oklahoma-based company that manufactures small niche-application vehicles. The company is part of Chinese manufacturer ChangAn, and recently started manufacturing vehicles in the U.S.

This particular model appears to be a Tiger Star Van. Although I'm not sure how old this particular model is, the newest Tiger Star Vans come with a fuel-injected 1.0-liter, SOHC engine making 35 horsepower and 54 ft./lbs. of torque. The diminutive van weighs a bit more than 2,200 lbs., has ABS, and 13-inch wheels.

In addition to the Star Van, Tiger Truck also makes a cargo van, flat bed and dump-bed trucks, and the vehicles are available in gas, E85, and electric variants.

Tiger Truck, LLC, is headquartered in Poteau, Oklahoma.

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1 comment:

sleeksilver said...

I've always had a fascination with those tiny kei vans.