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Reliant launches new car-scooter 'cross-over'

Part car, part scooter – Be Up is “the trendy new way of getting around, bringing sunshine and fun into motoring for a new generation of urban driver”, according to its importer Reliant Partsworld Ltd., the former three-wheeler manufacturer.

The Be Up has evolved from collaboration between French minicar manufacturer Ligier Automobiles and Italian stylist Giugiaro Design.

The Be Up retails at £5,995, and will add to the firm's existing range of Ligier microcars, Piaggio light commercial vehicles and Bultaco and Derbi motorbikes that Reliant currently handles throughout the UK.

Built around an aluminium platform with the upper half constructed over a roll bar system, the Be Up features a 505 cc petrol, twin-cylinder, 21bhp four stroke engine coupled to a CVT type automatic transmission driving the front wheels. It can be driven by people holding a full motorcycle licence in the U.K. from the age of 17. The Be Up can achieve a maximum speed of 60 mph. An overall vehicle weight of 335 Kg means that fuel consumption is in excess of 70mpg.

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