Deciding on a name…


Argo-Cyclecar

Deciding on a name for a new company these days is rather complicated. Naturally, the name should not only depict the company values, but be available to source a .com domain and all available social media. And so, after several months of thought, we arrived at the name Motovique.

So, you may ask, what exactly does the name Motovique represent, and how did we come by such a name?

The Argo Motor Co. originally made their Cyclecar with a four cylinder 12 horsepower engine, named Motorvique.

In short, our research found that over half of all vehicles sold in Japan are either kei-cars or small hatchbacks. In order to cater for such a large proportion of the market, we decided on a name that would directly correlate with this.

Unfortunately, our first choice, runabout, was already taken by a Japanese company selling Mazda MX5’s and classic Minis. So after much head-scratching and the assistance of Google, we came across a vehicle by the name Motorvique, made in 1914 by an American company, Argo Motor Co.

The Motorvique was basically an American attempt at recreating the popular cycle cars produced across the Atlantic in Europe. Cycle cars were small, generally inexpensive cars manufactured mainly between 1910 and the late 1920s. Not wanting to tempt fate however, the Argo company, competing with a certain Henry Ford, was only operational between the years 1914-1918.

Hoping to somewhat outlast the original Motorvique, we are now accepting inquiries from private individuals wishing to buy or sell their own vehicles at a fair price.

We also give free advice for a multitude of other services such as converting to a Japanese Driver’s License, English Navigation Unit purchases and more…

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