Dahon and Ford Join Forces to develop a Bike that Fits into a Car
TAIPEI, Taiwan – At a press conference held at Taipei Cycle the Dahon and Ford licensing agreement was highlighted. Commercial director Eddie Eccleston said that next to creating a complete range of standard and folding bikes a bike that will fit into a car will also be developed.
Eccleston specifically said: “We will be working very close with Ford on a bike that would fit into a car. In other words a specific bike, in a specific place in a specific car.” What this specific bike will be is not hard to guess: a (electric) folder that will fit in the trunk of that specific (urban mobility) model from Ford.
At Taipei Cycle Dahon only showed a few of the Ford bikes. The full range is to be launched in a few months.
“The models produced will have the Dahon principle of ‘some convenience’ built into the bike, such as reducing the space taken up by the bike by swift removal of pedals or the system of dropping the handlebars down to the side,” says Dahon.
When the Ford range is ready it will probably be launched at an event taking place at the Ford HQ in Dearborn USA. Currently Dahon is signing up distributors for selling the Ford bikes in countries all over the world.
At the cycle show in the Taiwan Capital Dahon also announced it was going public. For the IPO the company re-enters Taiwan with a new company called Dahon TW LLP and goes public on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
Dr David Hon, CEO and founder of Dahon said: “The benefits derived from issuing stock will open up further options. It will also give us greater visibility amongst the public and with investors, resulting in a greater credibility and a better public image.”