Russian Patriots could soon be hitting the road stateside.
Bremach, a little-known Italian vehicle manufacturer that mostly makes trucks, is looking to sell Russian UAZ Patriot models in the U.S., Jalopnik reports. The company will rebrand the vehicles as Bremach Taos sport utility vehicles and Brio pickup trucks.
An American Bremach subsidiary is behind the shift change for the company, whose parent folded in 2018 after making dump trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles for more than 60 years.
The UAZ Patriot - not to be confused with the Jeep Patriot - has been available for sale elsewhere in the world since 2005, MotorTrend points out, and is considered similar in some respects to the Jeep Wrangler. It features a 2.7-liter inline-four engine and a Punch 6L50 Powerglide automatic transmission made by General Motors.
The Taos SUV is set to go on sale in the U.S. later this year with a price tag under $27,000. The Brio pickup will follow shortly thereafter, coming in at just under $28,000.
Car Defects, Legal Rights for Owners
New car offerings and more competition in the auto industry is likely a good thing for car buyers. Still, there is a significant risk that comes with buying a vehicle: many are loaded with serious latent defects that can pose safety hazards.
For instance, General Motors has in the last two years recalled more than 3.6 million vehicles because of faulty brakes that could increase the risk of an accident. Similarly, Volkswagen recently called back more than 200,000 Jetta sedans because of a defect that could cause the vehicles to catch fire.
Fortunately, car owners and lessors in California have some significant protections against defects and other problems under the state’s lemon law. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while under warranty and buy back or replace cars that the company cannot or will not fix.
The lemon law also requires the car manufacturer to pick up the tab for any legal fees that an owner or lessor incurs while enforcing lemon law rights.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney
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