Pune: The Indian branch of Italian automaker Piaggio has unveiled a limited edition of its flagship Vespa scooter to mark the 75th anniversary since it began producing the now iconic scooter, the firm hinting that an electric edition of the two-wheelers were possible in India, but with sufficient indigenization.
The limited edition Vespa will be offered in its usual 125cc and 150cc engines, but with facelifts and accessories designed to evoke its original aerodynamic design, as well as some of its previous features, such as a rear-mounted pouch. , to refer to the previous supply of a spare tire. Like its entire product line, the Limited Edition will also be manufactured at the Baramati factory.
“The response to the product is definitely overwhelming, with reservations for the scooter already open. This is something people are eager to achieve because this edition was designed and developed to look like the original Vespa, which is what we do to celebrate the legacy of the product, ”said Diego Graffi, President and CEO General of Piaggio India, in an interaction with TOI.
Piaggio launched an electric version of the scooter in Europe in 2016, with the firm insisting that producing and launching an electric Vespa is part of their long-term plans in India, but challenges remain. “Of course, such a product would work in India. Vespa is an ambitious product, people buy it for its style and design, as well as for its powertrain, ”Graffi added.