LONDON – The ongoing quest to combine features of automobiles and boats once again moves ahead with what is being billed as a major breakthrough in amphibian-vehicle technology. Its designer claims the U.K.-built Aquada, a swoopy, 3-seat open amphibian, can cruise at up to 30 mph (48 km/h) on water and 100 mph (161 km/h) on land. The considerable marine performance is achieved via water-jet propulsion of a plastic hull with stepped bottom for surface planing – and wheels that retract ...

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