Last Call: This might be the cutest car I’ve ever seen

Citroën’s newest car called Ami is one of the few cars that deserve the title of adorable (insert first-gen Miata and basically any MG). It’s all-electric and only has eight horsepower and a top speed of 30 miles an hour but I think that makes it cuter. It’s like a little puppy that just goes about its day humble to be alive. I can’t imagine anyone getting mad at someone driving one of these because you know it’s doing its best. I’d still hate to be the one that has to drive it up even the smallest hill but for 22 bucks a month, it’s not a terrible deal.

It’s obviously not coming to the states but, but if it were would you ever consider getting one?

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My name is Colby Buchanan and I love all things car-related all the way from rusted 240sx's to McLaren Senna's and of course I have a soft spot for American Muscle. You can spot me in my bone stock '06 350z named MackenZ.

17 Comments

  1. Looks like a miniaturized Fiat 500, if that’s possible. I would not likely purchase unless there was a life change, as in moving from the forest to the non forest.

    In other news, as in chasing down an oil leak on the x3, I’m starting to think about the end of life of the vehicle. Poverty spec jeep gladiator has crossed my mind, as I don’t need more than ac, a hitch, and a manual transmission, and the bed would be a nice thing to have…not there yet, but percolating.

  2. Looks like a miniaturized Fiat 500, if that’s possible. I would not likely purchase unless there was a life change, as in moving from the forest to the non forest.

    In other news, as in chasing down an oil leak on the x3, I’m starting to think about the end of life of the vehicle. Poverty spec jeep gladiator has crossed my mind, as I don’t need more than ac, a hitch, and a manual transmission, and the bed would be a nice thing to have…not there yet, but percolating.

  3. When I stop looking at the beetle-browed pug dog front I start looking at all the weird indentations, projections, creases and other business. That all reminds me of 1980s fashion jackets & pants with pointless zippers, pleats and pockets that go nowhere. “Members Only” type stuff. This looks like a Members Only jacket that evolved over 30 years into a car.

        1. I think there is a VW Polo, a Peugeot 206, a car I can’t identify, maybe another, older Polo, and the A2. Looks like a regular German cityscape in the background, about ten years ago.

  4. It’s a pretty amazing machine, back to their roots while looking forward. Don’t care much about the design, but the price, practicality, simplicity and usability in cities are off the charts. I think this might be the right “car” at the right time.

    1. Wouldn’t it run up against the same problem that all minimalist cars have run up against in the last few decades: can it compete with a used car? Would anyone take this over say a used Fiat 500e?

      The only market I see for it is the “voiture sans permis”, which I have to believe isn’t a huge market. Outside of the University of Washington of course…
      Will Citroen make their money back on the investment?

      1. Very hard to speculate on the ROI, but, in my mind, this competes against scooter and bike services, as well as Uber. It is so much cheaper than anything else that it could take over a new role between all of these mobility services and owning a car, proper.

        1. Much more sound than a Twizzy (which comes in 45 and 80kph), which still is alive, astonishing. I read on Wiki that they moved Twizzy production to Korea, due to increasing demand in Asia.
          In other words, not for me, but nonetheless moderately successful..

    2. 30mph is a little slow IMO although I presume it’s actually 50km/h, most ‘main’ roads here are 60km/h and I don’t think that bouncing off a speed limiter would be a lot of fun in any case.

      1. I don’t think this is made for main roads, really. It’s a simple, dry way to get from A to B within cities, a notch above scooters and just a bit better than taking a bus or the subway. Maybe there’s room for it there?

  5. It is a great example of a minimum body parts count. The doors either side are the same, right down to hinges, (resulting in one door opening Rolls Royce/suicide style), and the entire front and rear fascia/bumper/main panel are identical with the inserted light units and differing front and rear screen treatment providing the only differentiation.

    In this minimal panel count, it is a reminder of a pevious car using PSA mechanicals, the 1976 Pininfarina Peugette show car based on the 104 and designed by Paolo Martin, (who designed the Fiat 130, and Lancia Gamma Coupes and the RR Camargue.)

    Does any car still have three lug wheels today?

    http://www.carstyling.ru/resources/studios/1976_Pininfarina_Peugette_05.jpg

    http://www.carstyling.ru/resources/studios/1976_Pininfarina_Peugette_01.jpg

  6. If it’s 22 euro all in (taxes/insurance etc.), that’s less than a monthly bus city pass (even with generous tax allowance).

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