Miniature European vehicles are set to invade the U.S., courtesy of French automobile manufacturer Citroen.
The Ami, a small electric vehicle that costs around $6,000, is reportedly headed stateside as part of the new EV subscription service, CNBC reports. Free2Move, the service originally launched by Peugeot, is now under the Stellantis umbrella after the company merged with Fiat Chrysler last year.
Free2Move is testing out some vehicles in Portland, Ore., and Washington D.C., a company official recently told Autoweek. It will offer the subscription service in Los Angeles, the official said.
The cars, which are less than eight feet long and five feet high, are so small that they qualify as quadricycles in France. That designation allows French drivers as young as 14 to get behind the wheel of an Ami.
Citroen’s Ami will be part of a monthly subscription service in L.A. called Car on Demand. For a starting price of $699 per month, users can choose from a full range of cars from the Stellantis family.
The company said it chose L.A. for its size and “appetite for innovative mobility solutions.”
Your Protections Against Defective Vehicles
As Citroen sets to hit the road stateside, plenty of vehicles already out there are simply not safe to drive.
Car manufacturers around the globe recall millions of vehicles per year, citing defects that pose serious safety hazards by increasing the risk of an accident and/or injury. In many situations, drivers are not made aware of these defects until long after their cars leave the factory floor and dealership lot.
The good news for car owners and lessors in California is that the state’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act forces auto manufacturers to perform a full range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also requires manufacturers to buy back cars that the company either cannot or refuses to fix. Although the manufacturer can offer to replace the vehicle instead, it is up to the owner or lessor to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.
There is no set number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback or replace requirement kicks in. That is one of many reasons why it is crucial to seek the assistance of an experienced lemon law lawyer. Manufacturers are also obligated to cover any legal fees that a car owner or lessor incurs while enforcing his or her rights under the lemon law.
How a California Lemon Law Attorney Can Help You
A California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you understand your rights and explore your legal options. Our attorneys work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent, guiding them through the legal process every step of the way.
Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law attorney.