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AIXAM, a unique concept in motorized quadricycles, produces the environmentalist's dream car. As the European leader, AIXAM and sister company AIXAM-MEGA manufacture tiny cars that not only meet or exceed European Commission emission standards, but are also close to one hundred percent recyclable. Also known as “no-licence” vehicles in France, they are now quite popular in the UK, having made their début in recent years, although legislation in Britain is quite different for driving quadricycles.
Founded in 1983 with the takeover of company AROLA, AIXAM, headquartered in Savoie, Southern France, boasts a large line-up of vehicles, all built upon the principles of safety, silence, reliability and design. In fact, safety is so important that from the very beginning, the company has always conducted crash tests on its vehicles, even though it was not a legal requirement. As a result, it is no surprise that AIXAM is the only producer of quadricycles to pass all head-on, side and rear collision tests. Further, AIXAM pays particular attention to both French and European legislations in order to ensure compliance is top priority.
Not only are the cars known for their safety but after-service seems to be just as important. Where other car manufacturers are perceived as lacking credence when repairing their vehicles, AIXAM is just as meticulous in this department, maybe because the cars are solidly built in the beginning, there is not much need for repairs. To add to this, the cars are rust-proof, dent-resistant and corrosion-free.
Having set the standard for minicars, AIXAM's original cars maintained speeds of roughly twenty-eight miles per hour. By 1985, the cars were traveling forty-seven mph but today some models are made to go as fast as sixty miles per hour. In 1987, more colors were added and the “GL” distinction was created. Having won the Andros Trophy on three different occasions in the 1990s, AIXAM-MEGA proved that it was an experienced and dedicated car maker.
AIXAM is a leader both in France and Europe and this can be clearly seen by its five-fold productivity increase from 1986 to 2007. Presently building fifteen-thousand vehicles per year with over one-hundred and thirty dealers in France alone, AIXAM appeals to individuals who value the planet but also, those who are trying to reduce their own expenses, looking for more efficient and less costly forms of transportation.
Timeline for AIXAM:
- 1989 Designed their commercial utility vehicles
- 1991 First liquid cooled two cylinder engine created
- 1992 MEGA is born
- 1992 MEGA Track, a four-wheel drive road car, using the Mercedes V12, produces three-hundred and ninety-five horsepower. With only a very few actually built, the model was replaced by the Monte Carlo.
- 1996 MEGA Monte Carlo was developed after MEGA purchased the Monegasque Monte-Carlo Automobile company. Indeed, it was a rather aggressive pursuit as MEGA wished to be involved in the supercar market and ultimately, to compete in the Lemans 24-hour race.
- 1997 AIXAM releases a silent model vehicle
- 2000 New colors and features are added to existing models
- 2002 Heavy duty pickup and minivan versions début
- 2004 Four-door saloons reach the marketplace
Past and Present Model names are:
- Aixam Microcar
- Mega Concept
- Aixam MAC Cabrio
- Aixam Berlines
- Aixam Minivan
- Aixam Pick-up
- Mega Track sports car
- Mega Monte Carlo sports car
- AXIAM Crossline Series
- AXIAM Scouty
- AXIAM Scouty-R
- Mega City
- Mega Moskito Micro Pick-up
- Mega MultiTruck
- Big Mac 500
Truly, one must stand in awe of a company with such an impressive record like AIXAM because they were well beyond their time in terms of eco-friendly vehicles. In addition, the fact that they exceeded government mandated criteria in terms of safety and reliability also speaks volumes of their dedication to consumers. Lastly, they were able to prove that just because they were leaders in the micro car industry did not mean that they could not be serious contenders in the supercar market as well. Indeed, they remain a leader in their field for excellent reasons.
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