Happy Friday Elio’ers! It has been a while since we shared some of the great coverage we have received, so we thought that this is a “Good Friday” to share it with you. Here are some of the articles and interviews that you may have missed.
The most recent interview is from The Weather Channel’s AMHQ morning show that was shot this week in beautiful Atlanta. Our man Jerome Vassallo spent some time with the crew at AMHQ and the Elio looked great! Click here to see the interview.
And she’s off!
Here is an interview with our CEO Paul Elio on Fox Business that many of you have not seen yet. Click here for Fox Business.
We also have had a number of articles written recently by some really cool websites. Check these out:
Gadgetreview.com – Tech website with a lot of interesting articles and obviously great taste in vehicles: click here
Fast Company’s sister website FastCoExist.com published an article in late March here.
Have you heard of Car and Driver? They have heard of us and shared the word of Elio in an article late last month – Car and Driver article
Please check out some other pieces on these great websites: Gizmag; DudeIwantThat; ThisiswhyImbroke; Remember to come back to us though, these sites are pretty cool and you can get caught in there for hours!
The Preview Tour is on the move, come see us at these locations next week:
April 22, 2104 – Nashville, Tennessee – Embassy Suites Nashville Airport, 10 Century Boulevard; 3pm until Dusk
April 24, 2014 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Location TBA
April 26 and 27, 2014 – Dallas, Texas – Earth Day at the Texas Fair Park; we will be there for the entire event hours
Please make sure to check the website for the most up-to-date times and stops!
Another great Friday to our Elio Friends and Family! Spring is springing up and people are coming out of their winter hiding with lots of questions for today’s “Readers Choice Friday”. We sorted through the questions and picked some of the more common ones to answer below. Some of your questions will be answered in future planned blogs so stay tuned!
Let’s dive in!
Q: I really want a test drive, when can I get one?
We are planning a full test drive program similar to what you would do at a new car dealer today. The full-scale test drive program will start with the roll-out of our Elio Stores in the top 60 markets.
Q. I have an All In reservation for ($100, $500, $1000 etc.), when can I get my Elio?
The reservation system is set up to allow for vehicles to be delivered in the following order: $1,000 All In, $500 All In, $250 All In, $100 All In then on to the $1000 Want In, $500 Want In, $250 Want In and finally the $100 Want In group. The date and time your transaction was completed locks in your spot, which includes moving up to a higher level with and upgrade of your All In reservation. It is difficult to forecast when a certain level will get their Elio. The only one that we can “guesstimate” right now is the $1000 All in group because they know their spot in line. If you were to make a $1000 All In reservation today we are estimating that you would receive a vehicle 5-7 weeks after production starts next year.
Q. When I made my reservation, there wasn’t a spot to pick my color or options… what gives?
This is a popular question that creates a lot of emails. The reservation gets you a spot in line (and some other benefits) for an Elio. The next fun step will be when you get to actually “make” your Elio! So here is how it is going to work for reservation holders at all levels: about 60 days before your Elio is scheduled to be built you will receive an email that contains a link to your own personal Elio page. On this page you will get to choose what your Elio will be: color, transmission, options… everything! We are even looking into technology that will allow you to see your vehicle with color and options live on the screen as you build it. Once you submit that we will plug it into our build plan and make an Elio especially for you!
Q. How hard is it to change the rear tire?
It’s not! The rear wheel cover comes off with a couple of clips which reveals the rear tire and swing arm. From there it is just like any other vehicle, jack it up, undo and remove the tire, put the working tire up and reverse the steps. Viola, tire changed with maybe 4 minutes extra time invested.
Thanks for everyone that sent in questions, there were A LOT of them (note: most from Friday 4/11 will be addressed on the next Readers Choice blog).
Here is the upcoming Preview Tour schedule:
April 11-13 – Barrett Jackson Auto Auction, West Palm Beach, Florida; 9067 Southern Blvd – Just Inside Gate 2
Elio Fans! This week we are going to turn it around a little and the blog will be led by the readers (“bloggees”) who submit a question/topic today. Leave your questions as a comment (the button is up there ^ under the blog title – “Leave a comment”) sometime today and we will address as many topics as we can for tomorrows blog.
Thanks and make sure to check back tomorrow for the weekly Elio Motors Three-Wheeling Blog!
The “Inaugural March Elio Color Madness Championship” bracket has come to a close and we have a winner! The race was a lot fun to watch go up and down on a daily basis. Votes would swing hour by hour and we had 12 lead changes. In the final hours of the bracket, the second place finisher closed the gap to less than 200 votes (out of almost 10,000!). So without further ado… your winner of the “Inaugural March Elio Color Madness Championship” is… Licorice!
It was a very close match-up, Creamsicle put up a great fight! The overall power of licorice showed in the end with many comments coming in from both sides:
“Licorice is so classic, the “badness” of this color on this cool vehicle is undeniable.”
“They picked Creamsicle for a reason for P4, bright, cheery, and flat-out fun!”
“Both of these colors win in my book, the Elio is perfect in these two colors… I am going with the winner.”
Some stats from the “Inaugural March Elio Color Madness Championship”:
The Championship Game had almost 10,000 votes
The largest margin of victory – Red Hot over Marshmallow 61-39
Closest games – by percentage: Licorice over Creamsicle 51-49; Creamsicle over Red Hot 51-49
Closest game – by total votes: Sour Apple over True Blue by 89 votes
Total votes cast by our awesome Elio fans: 37,386
Top Four Finishers: #1- Licorice; #2 Creamsicle; #3 Red Hot; #4 Sour Apple
And to close this week let’s look at a popular question from TellMeMore@ElioMotors.com:
“Why can’t I see my reservation in the new system? I want to upgrade it and can’t.”
We introduced a new reservation system with the website upgrade at the end of October last year. The reservations that were made in that system are still in good standing and as you made them. We will combine the systems later this year. If you would like to make an upgrade to your existing “All In” (only All In reservations can upgrade) reservation, simply go to the website and click on Make a Reservation on the upper right. At the first pop up window, click on Make an Upgrade (on the lower left hand side). From there, follow the instructions. Remember to use the same email that you used for your original reservation so we can add it to your original reservation correctly!
Thanks for your continued support and joining us on our journey.
Hello Elio fans, Happy Friday! We had a good week this week and moved ever closer to making the Elio a reality. Before we get to the Elio Championship match-up lets talk tour stops.
The Elio Preview is back at full strength and had great stops in San Antonio and Austin this week. Today the team was in Tucson and had a great turn-out. Here is the schedule for this week:
Sunday March 30th, 3pm to 6pm, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Ontario Airport, 222 North Vineyard Avenue; Ontario, California
Tuesday April 1st, 3pm to 6pm, DoubleTree by Hilton, 2 Civic Plaza; Carson, California
Then the Preview Tour is heading to West Palm Beach Florida April 11-13 for another Barrett Jackson Auction! We will be there show hours and the location is South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL
Many have asked about a future schedule. We have put some big events on the schedule and here is a sampling of where we will be this year:
Earth Day, Dallas Texas, April 26 and 27
Oshkosh Fly-In, Oshkosh, WI, July 28 through August 3
Woodward Dream Cruise, Detroit area, August 16
Texas State Fair, State Fairgrounds, September 26th through October 1
Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM, October 4-12
This is not every stop, just some of the larger events that we will attend. These stops are subject to change, please check the website under the News tab for any updates as we near the event date.
March Elio Color Madness is down to two! The votes have been tabulated and boy was it close! One of the match-ups were decided by less than 200 votes.. which would cause a recount in Florida. There are no “hanging chads” though and the results are final.
In first game Sour Apple put up a great fight but came up a little short against Licorice. Licorice turned out to be just too popular for the sentimental favorite Sour Apple. “Thank you to all of my supporters” Sour Apple went on to say “you haven’t seen the last of me, I will be a color to contend with for years to come.” The final vote was close but Licorice moves into the final 54-46.
#1 seeded Licorice will meet the upstart and overall #3 Creamsicle after an epic battle in which Creamsicle outlasted Red Hot 51 -49. This match was decided by less than 200 votes and Red Hot is living up to its name. “I am proud of the effort and appreciative of my fans, but am steamed that I don’t get a shot at a title. Look out next year!” Red Hot was quoted as it sped out of the room.
So the final is set… #1 Licorice versus #3 Creamsicle in a one week battle for the championship of Elio March Color Madness! The early Vegas line has Licorice favored by .5%, making this match-up basically a pick ‘em! Vote early, not often, and may the best color win!
Another Happy Friday Elio’ers! What a great week for the Elio and college basketball fans (unless you are an Ohio State or Oklahoma Fan, sorry)! March Madness is in full swing and the first week of Elio March Color Madness is in the books. Before we get to the Elio Bracket let’s go over some random items that are informative but may not be a full blog unto itself.
First, the Preview Tour: The tour marches on today after an unscheduled pit stop for a repair and some engineering time. Birmingham (5/5) and New Orleans (5/3) are rescheduled for the same locations in each city. Thank you for understanding the changes. Please make sure to check the website (www.eliomotors.com under the News tab) frequently as we will let you know any changes to the Tour there as soon as we can. Here are our next four stops all 3-6pm: Austin, TX. March 24th; San Antonio, TX. March 25th; Tucson, AZ. March 28th; Ontario, CA March 30th. Stop by and say hello to the team and see your next vehicle!
Spot In Line Emails: The spot in line emails went out today to our $1000 All in reservation holders from February through March 16th. The list was the largest ever and contained a lot of familiar names. If you don’t see it in your inbox, check your spam folder it sometimes gets caught in there.
Tech Talk Issues: Every Wednesday we send out a Tech Talk to our followers and reservation holders. To subscribe to the mailing list, please go to Eliomotors.com and go to the bottom of the site and enroll for the newsletter. It looks like this:
Now for the Elio March Color Madness results and next week’s match-ups! The battles were fought hard and fast in a lot of the match-ups last week. Some of the games were decided by as little as 180 votes! Let’s look at the results from last week:
Game 1 – Licorice versus Mellow Yellow – This game was closer than the pundits had predicted and ended up as the second smallest margin of victory. The Mellow Yellow fans came on strong – there was even some “persuasion” tactics on some sites but the push came up a little short as Licorice beat out Mellow Yellow by a mere 6% – 53 to 47! Great match-up but the pure beauty of the Licorice finally won out. Licorice moves on to face the winner of our second match-up…
Game 2 – This game pitted Sour Apple against True Blue that turned out to be a barn-burner right up to the last votes. This game ended with Sour Apple sneaking out a 4% win 52-48! The battle was hard-fought by the True Blue supporters, great effort, but Sour Apple moves on to take on Licorice in our First semifinal match-up.
Game 3 – Creamsicle vs. Rocket Silver – In a game that most folks thought would be a close battle, Creamsicle showed that it has a huge support base by thrashing Rocket Silver 60-40! Creamsicle was quoted saying “what have you done for me lately” as it finished the game making reference to the P4 being the new, cooler version.
Game 4 – In what is the equivalent of a 16 seed beating a 1 seed in the NCAA tourney, Red Hot destroyed the number 2 seeded Marshmallow 61-39! The hot colors are obviously in for you Elio fans as the most popular color in the US for cars is sent home in the first round. This sets up an intriguing match-up in the semifinal that pits Red Hot against surprise favorite Creamsicle! The excitement is palpable!
Here is the bracket:
Here are this week’s Games – please vote for one team in each poll – winners go to the Championship Game!
Game 5: Licorice vs. Sour Apple – A classic battle of New vs Old, Power vs Finesse, Traditional vs Hipster – Licorice is favored by a small margin this week
Game 6: Red Hot vs. Creamsicle – The Upset Specialist versus The Up and Comer – the experts don’t know what to think after the easy dismissal Red Hot delivered last week – this week is a pick ‘em!
Thanks for checking in again this week. We appreciate your support.
Let the madness begin! Elio March Color Madness is starting this week and there is already talk of some big early match-ups all over the internet. OK, maybe “all over the internet” is a little bit of a stretch – but it is definitely a topic of discussion in the office! The talking heads over at ESPN (Elio Special Projects Now) are ready to kick this month off, so here we go:
The winner of last weeks “bubble” colors came up like the sun every morning and shined above all others… yellow. There was a strong push from purple mid-week but yellow ran away with the spot in the bracket by a 2:1 margin over purple. Thanks everyone for voting. The good news is that they made the bracket; the bad news is that they have to go against the number one seed.
Speaking of seeds, the seeds were determined by the committee and after long hours of discussion and arm twisting, here is how it shook out:
Licorice walked away as a surprise #1 seed with a narrow win over Marshmallow. As we wrote about last week, the top color in North America is white with black coming in a close second. The ESPN (Elio Special Projects Now) team felt like Licorice earned the top spot based on the “aggressive stance, solid block look and huge potential for pin striping.” Marshmallow fell to number two just ahead of Creamsicle which took the third spot based on the huge success of the P4 Tour stops. Spots #4 (True Blue), #5 (Sour Apple), #6 (Rocket Silver), and #7 (Red Hot) were all very close and were agonized over for minutes as they were placed in the bracket. “Really all of the colors have a shot to win the entire thing” is the quote of the week from the committee at ESPN.
Here is how this is going to work:
Each week for the next three weeks we will have polls for each match-up
We will eliminate the color with the fewest votes (by match-up) each week
The winners will then move on to face another color the next week
You can help decide the outcome each week! Let’s look at the match-ups:
Game one pits the number one seeded Licorice against the number eight seeded (the poll in-team) “Mellow Yellow (MY)”. MY comes in with the momentum of the poll-in win but Licorice is a national favorite. “You come into a bracket like this, anyone can win” Licorice quoted, “I am happy with the seed but am not taking Yellow lightly It had a great win last week and is battle tested”. Licorice is a 25% favorite as the home team.
In our second game of week 2 we see True Blue versus Sour Apple in a match-up of contenders. Sour Apple has converted the minds of many after a strong showing as P2. True Blue is also a fan favorite, including one of our earliest reservation holders, Fran, who told us on a couple of occasions “I only buy blue things, every car I have ever had is blue, the bluer the better. My Elio will be blue!” We will see if the Fran contingent can overcome the unique and powerful Sour Apple. The experts at our ESPN have this as a pick ‘em game.
Game three is the game that everyone at ESPN is circling on the calendar as the best match-up of the second round. This contest pits two favorites against each other in what could have been the final: #3 Creamsicle versus #6 Rocket Silver. This is a battle of P4 versus P3 colors and it is heated. “I was upset that I didn’t get a shot at P4″ Rocket Silver says, “I had a good run, actually, I still have a good run going, and Jerome from Elio Motors says I show well”. This will be an interesting match-up to watch as the experts have Creamsicle winning by 8%.
And in our final contest, Marshmallow, the #2 seed, faces off against #7 Red Hot. Someone had to face the #1 selling color for automobiles, and Red Hot got that assignment this year. “Obviously we would have picked most any other color to play in the first round, but on any given day …” Marshmallow comes in strong and has a chip on its shoulder for being bypassed for the #1 seed. ESPN has this match-up as a 20% advantage for Marshmallow.
Thanks for voting for your favorite in each match, check back next week to see who moves on to the semifinals!
This week the Preview Tour continues at Bike Week in Daytona, Florida through the weekend. Monday and Tuesday the team will be in Savannah, Georgia for St. Patrick’s Day. Then the P4 is on its way to Birmingham, Alabama for a stop on the 20th of March. Check the website at eliomotors.com (News tab) for all things Preview Tour. Stop by and say hello if you are in these areas!
For the folks that took advantage of the St. Patrick’s Day promotion (and special offer) all of the shirts have been shipped and will be in your hands by the big day. It is not too late to get a St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt to wear for the rest of the year, click here to make your reservation!