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Quadski = A Land and Water ATV

Amphibious vehicle to go on sale soon in US

DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer
Updated 11:28 a.m., Sunday, October 14, 2012

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In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 photo, the Quadski, a one-person motor boat that also drives on land, is tested in in Oxford Mich. The vehicle is being billed as the first commercially available, high-speed amphibious vehicle by its makers, Michigan-based Gibbs Technologies. It's scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year for around $40,000. The company hopes to sell it worldwide by 2014. Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 photo, the Quadski, a one-person motor boat that also drives on land, is tested in in Oxford Mich. The vehicle is being billed as the first commercially available, high-speed amphibious vehicle by its makers, Michigan-based Gibbs Technologies. It’s scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year for around $40,000. The company hopes to sell it worldwide by 2014. Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP

In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 photo, the Quadski, a one-person motor boat that also drives on land, is tested in in Oxford Mich. The vehicle is being billed as the first commercially available, high-speed amphibious vehicle by its makers, Michigan-based Gibbs Technologies. It's scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year for around $40,000. The company hopes to sell it worldwide by 2014. Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 photo, the Quadski, a one-person motor boat that also drives on land, is tested in in Oxford Mich. The vehicle is being billed as the first commercially available, high-speed amphibious vehicle by its makers, Michigan-based Gibbs Technologies. It’s scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year for around $40,000. The company hopes to sell it worldwide by 2014. Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP

In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 photo, the Quadski, a one-person motor boat that also drives on land, is tested in in Oxford Mich. The vehicle is being billed as the first commercially available, high-speed amphibious vehicle by its makers, Michigan-based Gibbs Technologies. It's scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year for around $40,000. The company hopes to sell it worldwide by 2014. Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 photo, the Quadski, a one-person motor boat that also drives on land, is tested in in Oxford Mich. The vehicle is being billed as the first commercially available, high-speed amphibious vehicle by its makers, Michigan-based Gibbs Technologies. It’s scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year for around $40,000. The company hopes to sell it worldwide by 2014. Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP

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Facts about the amphibious Quadski

By The Associated Press – 9 hours ago

Gibbs Sports Amphibians says its new Quadski, which can drive on land as well as in the water, will go on sale before the end of this year.

— WHAT IT IS: The Quadksi is a one-person all-terrain vehicle with four wheels that can retract into the vehicle when it goes into the water.

— SPEED: The Quadski can go up to 45 mph on land and up to 45 mph in water. It transitions from land to water mode in five seconds.

— COMPETITION: Gibbs says no other amphibious vehicle offered for sale has managed to go faster than 10 mph in the water.

— PRICE: The company says it will cost around $40,000.

— SALES: The company is expecting to sell about 1,000 Quadskis in the first year. Dealerships will be concentrated in New York, Boston, the Great Lakes, Florida and Texas.

— IDEAL CUSTOMERS: Individuals and families who like hunting and fishing as well as first responders and military.

— CHEERS: Until now, drivers might have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to retrofit a regular car and make it go — slowly — on water. The Quadski vehicle has better technology, and its price tag puts it within reach of far more customers. The company also expects to make eight other personal watercraft. That should eventually bring down the costs.

— JEERS: It’s hard to imagine many people paying $40,000 for it in the current economic climate.

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