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DIY cars 自己動手組車?

Have you ever seen a mechanic working on a car in his shop? Maybe your dad or another relative likes to work on his car. Now a Japanese company is going a step further. You can build their car yourself.

Japanese company Mitsuoka Motor will sell a kit-car they call the K4, a stylish and cute car with a 50cc engine. The car comes in five different colors.

The K4 can go up to 50km an hour, so you need a license to drive it.

To build the car you need to assemble over 500 different parts with some special tools that come with the car.

If you work fast, you can put the car together in 40 hours, but it will probably take at least three or four days.

If you want to build this car, you will have to pay Mitsuoka 756,000 yen (NT$210,000). But to car lovers, it might be worth it. 



(Jason Cox, Staff Writer with AFP)

你曾經看過黑手在自己的店裡修車嗎?也許你的父親或其他親戚喜歡在自己的車子敲敲打打。但現在一家日本公司更進一步,讓你能自己拼裝他們出產的車。

日本光岡汽車將販售一台叫K4的組裝車,它時髦、可愛,且配有50cc的引擎。K4一共有五種顏色。

K4最高時速可達五十公里,所以你需要有駕照才能駕駛。

要組裝這台車,你需要用隨車附贈的特殊工具,才能拼起超過五百個零組件。

如果你速度夠快,四十個小時內就能組裝完畢,但至少會耗上三到四天。

你如果想組裝這種車輛,必須付光岡汽車七十五萬六千日幣(新台幣二十一萬元),不過對車迷來說,卻是樁划算的買賣。

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. mechanic n.

技工 (ji4 gong1)

例: Scooter mechanics in Taiwan work very quickly.

(台灣機車技工手腳很快。)

2. kit-car n.

組裝車 (zu3 zhuang1 che1)

例: Kit-cars are made by many different companies.

(組裝車是由許多不同公司的零件拼裝而成。)

3. assemble v.t.

組裝 (zu3 zhuang1)

例: I assembled a book shelf on Monday.

(我星期一組裝了一個書架。)


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