Immediately following CitroŽn's retreat
from North America, a number of entrepreneurs decided to import the
Robert Boston founded CitroŽn
Importers of North America (CINA) of Roswell, Georgia, imported CXs
which they modified in Georgia to meet the stringent DOT regulations.
In theory, CINA had to meet the DOT standards on each and every car
they imported. The CINA CX was fitted with a greatly reduced (by
8 US gallons) fuel tank in order to avoid strengthening the rear
bumper. CXA on the other hand retained the original fuel tank and
modified the rear bumper. CINA's approach to emissions controls
was 'interesting'. While they used a proper CO2 sensor in
vehicles submitted for testing to the DOT, many of the vehicles sold
had sensor leads that were not connected to anything or were fitted
with a rudimentary CINA-designed emissions system that was easily
removed after purchase.
CitroŽn was unhappy that its products were being sold in North America and they launched a lawsuit over the use of the CitroŽn trademarks including the name CitroŽn
and the double chevrons logo which had not been protected when the
company withdrew from North America. CXA spent hundreds of
thousands of dollars fighting this lawsuit but ultimately, they and
CINA had to give up the right to use the CitroŽn
brand name. CINA could only sell those cars they had in stock,
subject to them being brought up to federal standards. They were
also subsequently permitted to do conversions for individuals who privately imported CitroŽns. They were not permitted to import cars for conversion and resale. By 1991, CINA had closed down.