The Wallyscar Model, From Tunisia With Delight

The Wallyscar Model, From Tunisia With Delight


As we speak’s matter is an automaker you’ve possible by no means heard of. It’s a small firm that was based not that way back, presents autos in very restricted markets, and produces round 600 autos per yr. Its product relies upon previous concepts from different producers, all executed up in fiberglass till very just lately. Let’s enter the fantastic world of Wallyscar.

Your creator was alerted to this little-known model on Twitter. I’d posted an image of the Kia Delight van, trying pretty in blue with its whitewall tires. A well-informed Twitter particular person let me know the Fiesta/Delight lived on in a brand new identification because the Wallyscar 619! I needed to edit the pending Festiva publish for accuracy, as I’d beforehand claimed its manufacturing got here to an finish in 2020. Then I set about some extra analysis into the 619 and Wallyscar.

Concepts for the corporate that will develop into Wallyscar (Wallys for brief) blended collectively in 2005. A random assembly occurred on the islands of Wallis and Futuna, between Zied Guiga, his brother Omar, and a person named René Boesch. Boesch used to construct Jeeps in some capability, however the Web appears unclear on what it was. The three joined forces and based Wallyscar in 2006. Its headquarters are within the metropolis of Ben Arous, in northeastern Tunisia.

The brand new firm’s first car was the IZIS, which debuted on the Paris Motor Present in 2008. It was a small off-road Jeep-type car with two doorways, that appeared a lot like an previous Jeep Liberty on the entrance. Nevertheless, a lawyer may disagree with mentioned assertion, as a result of the IZIS had six slats within the grille, whereas Jeep had seven. Equally, the identify Wallys drew no inspiration from Willys Jeep. So there.

Wallyscar follows 4 predominant beliefs behind its autos: Small exterior dimensions, economic system and robustness, retro-modern styling, and nice reliability. For its debut product, the IZIS used a fiberglass physique designed by Tunisian design agency HH design.

Wallyscar partnered typically with PSA, German electrical system provider VDO, and tech/element testing agency UTAC for a whole set of elements. Thus, the tiny Jeep-like IZIS was thought-about a knockdown package (CKD) car. It was obtainable with or with out doorways, and the roof was additionally non-compulsory. The engine and inside had been sourced from the producers listed above. Particularly, the engine got here immediately from Peugeot: IZIS was powered by a 1.4-liter PSA engine, good for 74 horsepower. Due to the package nature of the IZIS there have been about 100 completely different colours obtainable, in addition to a spread of inside trim, energy options, and even completely different steering wheels.

IZIS went on sale within the restricted markets of Tunisia, Morocco, France, and Panama. Wallyscar insisted on compliance with European ranges of security and claims in the present day that every one its fashions are constructed to the very best security commonplace. To that finish, the IZIS obtained a two-star NCAP ranking (out of 5).

Manufacturing of the IRIS began in March 2017 with a value of 35,900 dinars, or $11,782 USD. Wallys maintains the IRIS is rigorously hand-assembled and offers the client many decisions in paint colours and inside elements. Dedicated to native manufacturing, 57 p.c of components utilized in Wallys vehicles are made regionally in Tunisia.

The Wallys lineup expanded in April of 2021 when the corporate began manufacturing of a brand new five-door hatchback. Effectively, new isn’t the suitable phrase typically, extra new to them. When Iranian producer SAIPA completed constructing its varied hatch, wagon, and truck variations of the Kia Delight, it bought the tooling onto a brand new residence: Wallys. Wallys started development of its first metal-bodied automobile shortly thereafter, because the 619. The automobile was introduced on their Fb web page however curiously didn’t make it onto the Wallys official website.

The absence of publicity could also be as a result of the 619 will not be of Wallys’ personal design, or maybe as a result of it’s undoubtedly sourced (not less than for now) from components that aren’t regionally assembled. There are a few publicity photographs from Wallys as seen right here. The Delight bones beneath the extra trendy entrance and rear fascia are apparent.

Additionally apparent is the premise of the opposite car Wallys started producing final yr. Known as the 216, the corporate’s new and economical pickup truck is none aside from the discontinued SAIPA 151. The 151 was SAIPA’s eventual translation of the Delight five-door right into a pickup. The 216 can be obtainable with a form of prolonged mattress cap, as a panel truck.

Wallys presents the identical 1.3-liter PSA engine it has all the time utilized in all its three fashions, in addition to twin airbags. The pickup is at the moment listed on a pre-order foundation for a base value of 29,900 dinar, or simply $9,812 USD.

With certainly one of its personal creations on sale and two variations of the Festiva/Delight, we’ll see simply how lengthy Wallys can carry on constructing somewhat Mazda hatchback from 1986.

[Images: Wallyscar]

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October 2022