PHNOM PENH: A backyard motor mechanic has won widespread applause for producing Cambodia's first automobile with flair, and at a cost that would confound car manufacturers across the region.
The “Angkor-2003” is a dashing two-seater convertible that takes four months to produce at US$900 (RM3,420) a unit in Nhean Pholeouk's garage here. A new motorcycle costs about the same.
“It is the first home-made car in Cambodia, I'm very proud of my work,” he said.
Dozens of orders have poured in since the 46-year-olddrove his product to a park outside the home of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The Angkor has a top speed of 60kph and is powered by a 100cc motorbike engine. But plans are on the drawing board to increase the speed to 120kph. – AFP
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