Recently we went to Holland to meet the Citroën Ami lady. Made for short distances, the tram recently launched in Europe seems to have “loved” Brazilians, as it has just landed in our country.
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Ami is in Pernambuco to be more precise, where she was caught by reader José Dutra in a truck. No problem, considering only 485 kg of 8hp motor and ABS plastic body.
Different in everything, Citroën Ami does not try to compete with traditional cars, but with other means of transport. After all, its maximum speed is only 45 km / h and there is no room for more than two passengers and 260 liters of luggage.
In Europe, you can buy it for about 7,000 euros, but the best deal is usually to rent it, whether for a few months or a few hours.
In the case of monthly rental, it is necessary to pay a minimum payment of 1,700 euros (including tax exemption) and another 20 euros per month of use. Anyone who needs an Ami for a quick ride can get it for just 26 cents per minute, similar to using a rental bike through the app.
This follows a major trend in the automotive industry, which has been targeting shared vehicles for smaller activities such as going to the mall or the gym.
With cars becoming increasingly expensive, the 2.41 meter long model could be Stellantis’ trump card for this embryonic niche.
Citroën acknowledges that some of Ami’s uses will become known over time, and believes in its use in tourist areas. This may be the reason for its arrival in Brazil, where it can be tested in beaches and cities that receive many visitors but do not use bus routes or several cars.
On the other hand, Ami is unlikely to be sold in Brazilian dealerships, given that it will be difficult to replace it as a car. In Europe, this also happens, but the car fits in the quadricycle section, without a driver’s license from the age of 14.
In November last year, the president of Citroën do Brasil, Vanessa Castanho, emphasized that she would like to have Amami in the country. With instant torque, greater comfort than a motorcycle and ease of operation, it’s not hard to believe its capabilities.