As enthusiasts about anything with a motor, we get pretty excited when we have the chance to experience the latest vehicles here at the ADESA and KAR Auction Services headquarters. When we had the opportunity to see the innovative Elio Motors prototype vehicle up close at their recent visit to our offices, we couldn’t wait to find out more about it. The building was buzzing with excitement, and people were lining up before they even arrived.

After asking the folks from Elio Motors plenty of questions, we learned what’s truly unique about the Elio. This three-wheeled “ultra high mileage car” is an answer to creating an highly fuel-efficient vehicle with an affordable price tag–projected to come in at $6,800 for its tentative release in 2014. It gets a whopping 84 miles to the gallon, but don’t be fooled by the 70-hp 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine in the front of this two-seater; the vehicle can go up to speeds of 100 mph. Jim Hallett and Warren Byrd of KAR Auction Services had a blast taking the Elio for a spin around the parking lot.

Experiencing new automotive technology is always a treat for us and helps us embrace our core value of innovation, keeping us all moving toward the future. Thanks to Elio Motors for stopping by, and check out our photos from their visit below.

Employees checking out the Elio

Darci in the Elio

Jim Hallett after a spin in the Elio

Interior of the Elio prototype

Warren Byrd taking the Elio for a test ride