Piaggio will finally launch 300GTS and 946 in India this year. Both the premium scooters were recently displayed at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo. The launch may take place by the second quarter of the year and will be available at few stipulated Vespa and Motoplex dealerships.
The upcoming scooters will hit the Indian shores as CBU (Completely Build Units), therefore, the price range is expected to be a little higher. After the launch, both the Vespa scooters will bring a new segment in the nation since these would be the most expensive and premium scooters.
The company is also looking to expand its dealer network to improve the sales figures and plans to establish new Motoplex outlets in Cochin, Hyderabad and Chennai by June this year. With these openings, the company will have a total of 110 stores across the country.
Regarding the same, Mr. Stefano Pelle, Chief Executive Officer, Piaggio vehicles India said that they are looking at bringing the Vespa limited editions.
He further added that the priority of the company for 2016 is to set up the distribution network and release the Aprilia scooter (SR 150). Both the things would go hand-in-hand.
The company also stated that to launch the scooter on the road, they have to increase their distribution.
Vespa, on the other hand, continues to be the prime brand, so it remains company's top priority.
Coming to the price factor, the Vespa 300GTS is expected to come holding a price tag of Rs. 4.65 lac, while the 946 would be priced at Rs. 7 lac.
The biggest and fastest 300GTS will be equipped with a 278cc four-stroke single cylinder engine that will produce 21.2bhp of power with 22Nm of torque.
It treads on 12-inch wheels with 220mm disc brakes at both the tyres. It also gets a traction control system and ABS as standard.
The Vespa 946, on the other hand, gets a 125cc fuel-injected single cylinder motor that delivers a power output of 12bhp along with a torque of 10Nm.
Now, it would be interesting to see if these premium scooters attract the buyers of high-end sportbikes or not!