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Tiger Truck

Tiger Star van in hotdog delivery setup.
Three wheel electric Tiger Truck with logo.

The Tiger Truck is a light utility truck from Chinese manufacturer Chang'an. It belongs to a class of vehicles known as “mini-trucks,” “micro trucks,” “K trucks,” and "kei trucks”. The K is short for kei jidosha, Japanese for “light vehicle” and the name of a special class of vehicles subject to reduced taxation in Japan.[1]

The Tiger Truck is known for its diminutive size, but extreme reliability under harsh conditions and its highly refined ride quality. The Tiger Truck logo is an homage to the Star Trek logo, meant to highlight the futuristic design and features of the truck. Tiger Truck offers gasoline, E85 and electric models. A wide range of models from trucks and crew cabs to vans are available. The Tiger Truck is known for its rigorous quality control standards, including their patented tiger-proof test.[2] Also offered are a suite of robust accessories such as the snowplow, pintle hitch, front brush guard, security light, hot dog cooker among many others.

The Tiger Star model is an upgraded and more robust off-road utility truck than most off-road vehicles in its class.[3] The advanced Star class trucks feature robust electric drive, with a 48 Volt, 5 kW motor mated with a 5 speed transmission. All Tiger Trucks are California Air Resources Board certified.

Tiger has the largest available array of truck body options for niche applications.[4] Primary distribution in the U.S. is through a select dealership network. Tiger Trucks are being assembled in Poteau, Oklahoma, under the Tiger Truck brand to better supply the North American demand for these trucks.[5]

Models

Gas Models

  • Tiger Star
  • Crew Cab and X-Cab
  • Tiger Star Van
  • Tiger Star Cargo Van
  • Tiger Star Volume Van
  • Tiger Champ 4500 Std
  • Tiger Champ 4500 Crew

Flex-Fuel (E85) Models

  • Tiger Star
  • Crew Cab and X-Cab
  • Tiger Star Van
  • Tiger Star Cargo Van
  • Tiger Star Volume Van
  • Tiger Champ 4500 Std
  • Tiger Champ 4500 Crew

Electric Models

  • Electric Tiger Star
  • Electric Tiger Star Van
  • Electric Tiger E-Bus

Electric car

  • Tiger Cub - a two seat electric car[6]

References

  1. ^ http://www.caranddriver.com/features/columns/c_d_staff/aaron_robinson/barn_door_opens_on_okie_cult_car_column
  2. ^ http://www.tigertruck.com/videos/tiger_with_truck.mpg
  3. ^ Forbes.com
  4. ^ ThomasNet Industrial NewsRoom
  5. ^ Oklahoma Plant Opening
  6. ^ http://www.tigertruck.com/tiger-cub-electric-vehicle.html

External links

  • Tiger Truck International Inc. Web Site
  • "Reversing the Trend of Moving to China". Retrieved August 25, 2008. 
  • Manufacturer ChangAn Web Site


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