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Fact Check – Claim Vehicles with Three Wheels are Tricycles

In the Philippines people often tell you that all vehicles with 3 wheels are tricycles and not cars because cars have four wheels. We fact check this claim.

Cars have four wheels 

At the time of publishing this, there are 46 companies in the world manufacturing three-wheeled cars none of them is regarded as tricycles.

Since the car was first invented there has been 366 companies that manufactured three-wheeled cars, many of these companies manufactured far more than one model of a three-wheeler. The figure of 366 is from our research and we may have missed a lot.

Reliant Motors between 1935 – 2002 made 67 different models of three-wheeled cars and vans none of which were regarded as tricycles.

You have all seen the three-wheeled car in Mr Bean on the TV, this was not some made-up car for the TV show it was a Reliant car.

In much of the world, the Reliant Regal van became famous because of the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses where the main characters in the program Del Boy and Rodney Trotter drove a Reliant Regal van.

While Filipinos may not have heard of Only Fools and Horses I am sure most of them know British boxer Ricky Hatton because he fought Manny Pacquiao. Well, Ricky Hatton owns a Reliant Regal three wheel van.

A Reliant Regal appeared in the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Other famous three-wheeled cars are the Morgan, the Bond Bug, BMW Isetta, Peel P50, AC Petite, Davis Divian, Volkswagen GX3 Concept, and the Peugeot 20Cup,

For a full list see table at the bottom of the page.

Tricycle the most misused English word in the Philippines

There are a lot of misused English words in the Philippines, examples include “stalled” instead of “broken-down” “van” when they mean “minibus” but the most misused is tricycle instead of motorcycle and sidecar.

When a British person arrives in the Philippines they are often confused when people tell them they need to get a tricycle when they ask how to get to a place.

If you are Filipino you might think how can saying “get a tricycle be confusing?” let us explain. In English, a tricycle is a small vehicle like a bicycle with two wheels at the back and one at the front, used especially by young children. So you can see how this plays out you say “get a tricycle” and in an English, persons mind up pops a child’s bike with three wheels.

This is because what you call tricycles are motorcycles and sidecars, and before any of you get on your high horse and say they are a Philippines invention so we will call them what we want and that you are proud of them. Sorry to tell you that you are misinformed, the motorcycle and sidecar was a British invention that arrived in the Philippines about 40 years after they were first invented.

Tri means three so if it has three wheels it is a tricycle

While it is true that tri means three this claim completely ignores the rest of the word, while tri does mean three, cycle means bicycle.

Origins of the word tricycle

Tricycle is in fact a French word that has been adopted into the English language. The term tricycle came about in 1789 when two Frenchmen invented a three-wheeled bicycle and the newspaper the Journal de Paris called it a tricycle.

Conclusion

False

There is no evidence that all vehicles with three wheels are tricycles. There is plenty of evidence that many cars can and do have three wheels so no a car does not need to have four wheels.

The origins of the word tricycle also say a tricycle is a three-wheeled bicycle and not a motorised vehicle, this is also backed up by the Cambridge Dictionary.

So any claim that all three-wheeled vehicle is a tricycle is False.

Also, the claim that to be a car it must have four wheels is False.

List of three-wheelers

ManufactureCountryYear of releaseProduction ended
BonningtonAustralia20072007
EdithAustralia19531957
KTMAustria20132013
FelberAustria19521953
LibelleAustria19521954
Fabrique Nationale d'ArmeBelgium19601960
AltonaBelgium19481948
GilletBelgium19371937
GurgelBrazil2009Present
Fuel Vapor TechnologiesCanada2006Present
T-RexCanada1994Present
Westward Industries LtdCanada1989Present
PexiChina2008Present
Chang JaingChina19801982
Rik-MobileChina19481948
CezetaCzech Republic19611963
CZCzech Republic19611963
VelorexCzech Republic19581971
TripolinoCzech Republic19501950
KrejbichCzech Republic19491949
KurierCzech Republic19481948
TatraCzech Republic19381938
WalterCzech Republic19081912
CityElDenmark1995Present
PeugeotFrance20052005
AcomaFrance19751980
AddaxFrance19741980
Arola / AixamFrance19741974
GildaxFrance19741980
Vitrex RiboudFrance19741980
All CarFrance19711979
CiteadineFrance19701983
TeiholFrance19701983
BugattiFrance19591959
InterFrance19531956
DS MalterreFrance19521958
New MapFrance19521963
ValleFrance19491954
BouffortFrance19451960
ArzensFrance19421942
DazinFrance19361936
PoirierFrance19281958
VillardFrance19251935
D'YrsanFrance19231928
SandfordFrance19221936
DiableFrance19211924
Monet-GoyonFrance19211926
ColumbeFrance19201925
CyclautoFrance19191923
FARFrance19191970
TridentFrance19191920
LeyatFrance19141914
TorpelleFrance19141914
SouriauFrance19121914
CertainFrance19071907
ContralFrance19061908
SanchisFrance19061912
Lurquin-CoudertFrance19051914
DumasFrance19021903
Sautel Et SechaudFrance19021904
La NefFrance19011903
La Va Bon TrainFrance19001900
GallardetFrance18991899
MildeFrance18981909
Leon BolleeFrance18951899
SerpolletFrance18831907
CugnotFrance17691789
Mercedes BenzGermany19971997
TwikeGermany1986Present
LepoixGermany19751975
TrojanGermany19621965
PinguinGermany19561956
NobelettaGermany19551955
BMWGermany19541964
GorickeGermany19541959
HeinkelGermany19541958
IsettaGermany19541964
KrobothGermany19541955
MesserschmittGermany19531962
MeyraGermany19521956
BrutschGermany19511957
BambiGermany19501961
FuldamobilGermany19501961
FendGermany19481953
MathisGermany19451948
KaiserGermany19351935
RollfixGermany19331936
Framo-WerkeGermany19321937
HerculesGermany19321933
ZaschkaGermany19291929
FlivverGermany19281928
ZundappGermany19281935
MopsGermany19251925
EBSGermany19241924
GoliathGermany19241933
DiabloGermany19221927
EibachGermany19211925
GasiGermany19211921
BEFGermany19071914
NSUGermany19051910
CyklonGermany19021929
PhanomenGermany18991927
AdlerGermany18861936
BenzGermany18851895
AtticaGreece19501961
Kenda TechnologyHong Kong19932006
Ammar Motor CompanyIndia1990Present
BadalIndia19751981
BajaiIndia1950Present
AutomirageItaly19761985
DemmItaly19541962
Iso / IsocarroItaly19531966
IssiItaly19531953
MotomItaly19521966
Lambretta / LambroItaly19481972
PiaggioItaly1948Present
AermacchiItaly19471970
Moto-GuzziItaly19281984
Miari E GustiItaly18961896
BernardiItaly18941901
Leonardo da VinciItaly14781478
PhiaroJapan2005Present
Krauser DomaniJapan19921998
MazdaJapan19911994
HinoJapan19591993
Fuji Motors CorpJapan19571958
Hope StarJapan19521962
Nitta SangyoJapan19501950
ConyJapan19461966
DaihatsuJapan19301976
KuroganeJapan19281962
GorhamJapan19191922
CarverNetherlands19972009
VandenbrinkNetherlands19972009
Trigger Technics B.VNetherlands1987Present
Le PatronNetherlands1986Present
SpijkstaalNetherlands1955Present
ShelterNetherlands19541954
DAFNetherlands19491949
SealionNorway20022002
ZaikaRussian Federat19621965
SMZRussian Federat19521958
ArgsonSouth Africa19351939
MTSpain19551962
DelfinSpain19541960
BoliSpain19531957
CimeraSpain19531957
GaitenSpain19531953
AisaSpain19521957
DavidSpain19501956
KapiSpain19501959
CreeSwitzerland20012001
HorlacherSwitzerland19861990
BelcarSwitzerland19561956
TribelhornSwitzerland19021923
Tuk TukThailand1960Present
Areelik TriporterTurkey19621968
RazorUnited Kingdom2012Present
Elio MotorsUnited Kingdom2008Present
Planet Engineering LtdUnited Kingdom2007Present
QPodUnited Kingdom2004Present
SLOWUnited Kingdom20032003
B & N PlasticsUnited Kingdom20012002
GMTUnited Kingdom20002007
LandsharkUnited Kingdom20002000
ShellUnited Kingdom19991999
Malone Car CompanyUnited Kingdom1997Present
BlackjackUnited Kingdom1995Present
BRAUnited Kingdom19922006
Grinnall Specialist CarsUnited Kingdom1992Present
JBF BoxerUnited Kingdom19921992
CombidriveUnited Kingdom19911997
TrifidUnited Kingdom19901991
Tri-Tech AutocraftUnited Kingdom1990Present
LomaxUnited Kingdom1988Present
JZRUnited Kingdom1987Present
FalconUnited Kingdom19861986
KudosUnited Kingdom19861986
PembletonUnited Kingdom1986Present
SaccomandoUnited Kingdom19861992
TriluxUnited Kingdom19861986
TriluxUnited Kingdom19861986
BucklandUnited Kingdom19851998
HudsonUnited Kingdom19851998
ReplicarUnited Kingdom19851987
SinclairUnited Kingdom19851985
DRKUnited Kingdom19841998
TriadUnited Kingdom19821985
StimsonUnited Kingdom19761976
MosquitoUnited Kingdom19741979
WhomobileUnited Kingdom19731973
GilcoltUnited Kingdom19721972
MumfordUnited Kingdom19711986
AF CarsUnited Kingdom19691980
GnatUnited Kingdom19681975
HowecetteUnited Kingdom19681968
RangerUnited Kingdom19641976
HamblinUnited Kingdom19601960
BerkeleyUnited Kingdom19591960
FriskyUnited Kingdom19591964
JonesUnited Kingdom19581958
CoronetUnited Kingdom19571960
Henri BaldetUnited Kingdom19571957
ScootacarUnited Kingdom19571964
BlyUnited Kingdom19561957
PowerdriveUnited Kingdom19561958
UnicarUnited Kingdom19561968
Gordon (2)United Kingdom19541958
VimpUnited Kingdom19541954
Allard ClipperUnited Kingdom19531955
EECUnited Kingdom19521954
EganUnited Kingdom19521952
NobelUnited Kingdom19521961
PeelUnited Kingdom19521966
Vernon IndustriesUnited Kingdom19521958
BonnallackUnited Kingdom19511952
VincentUnited Kingdom19501955
BondUnited Kingdom19491970
LDVUnited Kingdom19491952
InvacarUnited Kingdom19481977
ThundersleyUnited Kingdom19481977
DotUnited Kingdom19471956
ReliantUnited Kingdom19352002
ScammellUnited Kingdom19341968
JMBUnited Kingdom19331935
StevensUnited Kingdom19321936
BSAUnited Kingdom19291936
JamesUnited Kingdom19291939
GriceUnited Kingdom19271927
Coventry-VictorUnited Kingdom19261938
Omega (1)United Kingdom19251927
Thompson BrosUnited Kingdom19221922
XtraUnited Kingdom19221924
AtometteUnited Kingdom19211922
EconomicUnited Kingdom19211922
HarperUnited Kingdom19211926
WoolerUnited Kingdom19201926
Castle ThreeUnited Kingdom19191922
LSDUnited Kingdom19191924
MB (Merrall-Brown)United Kingdom19191921
ScottUnited Kingdom19191925
StanhopeUnited Kingdom19151922
ThurlowUnited Kingdom19141921
UtopianUnited Kingdom19141914
AutotrixUnited Kingdom19131913
CrouchUnited Kingdom19121912
GirlingUnited Kingdom19121912
SealUnited Kingdom19121924
WallUnited Kingdom19111915
KelseyUnited Kingdom19101912
MorganUnited Kingdom19101951
PMC (1)United Kingdom19101910
ACUnited Kingdom19081958
AdvanceUnited Kingdom19061908
KerryUnited Kingdom19051907
RexetteUnited Kingdom19051905
GarrardUnited Kingdom19041904
ReptonUnited Kingdom19041904
DickinsonUnited Kingdom19031905
QuadrantUnited Kingdom19031906
RaleighUnited Kingdom19031935
RoverUnited Kingdom19031904
WolfUnited Kingdom19031906
LagondaUnited Kingdom19011905
Jackson & KinningsUnited Kingdom19001908
LionUnited Kingdom19001905
Ribble MotorsUnited Kingdom19001908
RileyUnited Kingdom19001907
SingerUnited Kingdom19001907
BeestonUnited Kingdom18991905
EagleUnited Kingdom18991908
JacksonUnited Kingdom18991914
Bushbury ElectricUnited Kingdom18971897
ArielUnited Kingdom18961970
HumberUnited Kingdom18961910
WolseleyUnited Kingdom18961899
CraigievarUnited Kingdom18951895
KnightUnited Kingdom18951896
LeylandUnited Kingdom18951895
ButlerUnited Kingdom18901890
RickettUnited Kingdom18581858
ChurchUnited Kingdom18331833
Gordon (1)United Kingdom18241824
MurdockUnited Kingdom17861786
Roadrunner GalaxieUnited StatesUnknownUnknown
Magic TrikeUnited States20082008
Cirbin Motors Corp.United States2007Present
Liberty MotorsUnited States2007Present
Accelerated CompositesUnited States20062011
Eco-FuelerUnited States2006Present
North American EagleUnited States20062006
SceaduUnited States2006Present
XzilaratorUnited States2006Present
ZapUnited States2006Present
WildfireUnited States2005Present
Myers MotorsUnited States2004Present
TR HogUnited States20022002
IndyCycleUnited States19991999
Tiger TruckUnited States1999Present
Corbin MotorsUnited States19962003
Texas RocketUnited States19951995
SunteraUnited States19941997
SportCycleUnited States1988Present
BadseyUnited States19871990
Robert Q RileyUnited States1986Present
Fire AeroUnited States19841988
GammaUnited States19841988
ShrikeUnited States19841984
Structural Plastics IncUnited States19841986
CeresUnited States19831983
D&A VehiclesUnited States19831986
DolphinUnited States19831986
DoranUnited States1983Present
FordUnited States19831983
General MotorsUnited States19831983
Trident Motors IncUnited States19831987
VigillanteUnited States19832006
FeoraUnited States19821982
GammaUnited States19821984
LitestarUnited States19821988
TrihawkUnited States19821985
Tri-vatorUnited States19821984
UnisportUnited States19821988
Zoe MotorsUnited States19821983
RogersUnited States19801980
BudweiserUnited States19791979
HM VehiclesUnited States19791983
Omega (2)United States19791985
Turbo PhantomUnited States19781982
DaleUnited States19751975
SubaruUnited States19751975
Duo DeltaUnited States19741974
PMC (2) Powers Motor CorpUnited States19741974
TriVetteUnited States19742006
VolkswagenUnited States19741980
FiberfabUnited States19711975
Spirit of AmericaUnited States19641964
TrivanUnited States19621964
Electric Car Company.United States19612003
BassoonUnited States19561956
Tri-CarUnited States19551955
Tri-Wheel Motor CorpUnited States19551955
Taylor-DunnUnited States19511963
AutoetteUnited States19481974
CometUnited States19471947
DavisUnited States19471949
Motorette (1)United States19471953
PublixUnited States19471947
B & B Specialty Co.United States19461952
BubblepuppyUnited States19441947
AiromobileUnited States19371938
CushmanUnited States19362003
ReselcoUnited States19351964
DymaxionUnited States19331934
Harley DavidsonUnited States19321973
MartinUnited States19201922
Motorette (2) KelseyUnited States19101912
KnoxUnited States19001903
EastmanUnited States18991902
RikerUnited States18961900
Tri-MotorUnited States18961901
DuryeaUnited States18931927
LambertUnited States18911917
BuckeyeUnited States18901904
CopelandUnited States18841891

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