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An Amphicar On Steroids?

The Rodedawg may pay homage to the original Amphicar produced by Germany in the 1960s, but that�s where the similarity ends. If anything, the hulking amphibious 4x4 off-road vehicle is an Amphicar on steroids. And, after the U.S. approves the Rodedawg (www.rodedawg.com) for off-road use at year�s end, Americans who want to run with the big �dawgs� will be Rodedawgin� over mountains and through rivers.

Currently available in Mexico and Nicaragua, the Rodedawg is the vision of Luis Pallais, Commercial Attach� to the Nicaraguan Consul General�s Office in San Francisco, and an automotive industry veteran. After catching a glimpse in a Beijing military warehouse of the amphibious off-road vehicle that would later become the Rodedawg, Pallais was smitten.

�I never saw a vehicle that caught my eye as much as this one did, and frankly, I fell in love with it,� he said. �I immediately knew that its appeal and functionality was broad enough to engage both governments and consumers.�

Rodedawg International Industries, Inc., which owns the trademark rights to the brand name �Rodedawg� in many countries around the globe, is currently in negotiations with the Dominican Republic National Police and Nicaragua�s armed forces to purchase the amphibious vehicle. He foresees marketing the vehicle to U.S. federal and state agencies, as well as the military. �In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Rodedawg would have been a perfect fit for search and rescue operations,� said Pallais. �Pre-positioning Rodedawgs in the vicinity of potential disaster areas would save valuable time and translate into saving lives.�

When the Rodedawg bursts onto the U.S. scene early next year, it will set tails wagging among the off-road crowd. With a four-cylinder, 2.77 liter Isuzu 4JB1 turbocharged diesel engine, the Rodedawg 4x4 will be offered in three models: a convertible, a truck, and an SUV. Each model can be custom fitted to the customer�s specifications, although standard models come equipped with plush interiors and features designed for a comfortable ride in even the most rugged terrain � at about half the cost of a Hummer.

For water travel, the Rodedawg is driven by a rear propeller attached to the PTO shaft. During amphibious operation, the vehicle can reach six to eight miles per hour and has a turning diameter of 66 feet. On land, the Rodedawg can handle a 44 percent incline with ease.

With fuel efficiency rated at 25 miles per gallon and a sticker price of just $49,000, the Rodedawg will jump over the competition to become leader of the pack. �As a recreational vehicle for boating, hunting, fishing, or simply exploring, the Rodedawg is unparalleled,� said Pallais.

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Elisabeth Lawrence

Elisabeth Lawrence is the Senior Editor for Press Direct International. She is a veteran writer and TV producer/director. Received three EMMY awards while at CBS. Wrote for the Wall Street Journal, and as a TV & video consultant, handled material for Fortune 500 clients including Exxon, Pepsico, The Ladies Home Journal, RJR Nabisco, J.C. Penney, Hill & Knowlton and United Artists.



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