If you had given up on the flying car, take heart: The Dutch company PAL-V successfully concluded test flights of its PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle) over the past two weeks.
The patented vehicle flies like a gyrocopter with lift generated by auto-rotating rotor and forward speed produced by a foldable push propeller on the back.
The PAL-V complies with existing regulations in all major markets, making it road- and sky-ready. Flying range will be between 350 and 500 km depending on payload. It runs on gasoline, but manufacturers are promising a biodiesel/bio-ethanol version to come. Top speed is 180 km/h whether on land or in the air.
The three-wheeler offers sports car-like accelerations and a patented "tilting" system that makes it handle like a motorcycle.
Because it takes off and lands at low speeds and is easy to control, it takes about 20 to 30 hours of training to become licensed. Take-off required a 165-m strip of either paving or grass.
The luxury car is a very complex breed. Despite their lower sales volume when compared to common cars, they still represent 50% of all new automotive sales revenue. It is with this in mind that major automakers such as the Volkswagen Auto Group continue to offer up such variety to its luxury car buyers.