Piaggio introduces Indian-made LX
Piaggio has reintroduced the Vespa name to the Indian scooter market. The company announced at India’s Auto Expo 2012 that a localized version of its LX 125 scooter will go on sale in India’s 35 largest markets in April, 2012.
You’ll notice the Indian LX has different wheels than those found on North American and European versions (not to mention same-size tires on both ends). The major differences between the Indian LX and those produced in Europe and Vietnam are intended to make maintenance easier for owners (I wouldn’t mind if Piaggio did likewise for the rest of us. —Ed.).
Piaggio’s Baramati factory has the capacity to produce 150,000 LXs annually; the company expects to double that figure within a year.
At the intro, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. Chairman and Managing Director Ravi Chopra said: “The Piaggio Group’s entry into the 2-wheeler business in India opens up a completely new premium product segment, addressing customers looking for a vehicle that offers unique style and personality.”
So far, there’s no word on pricing. Oncars India has several pictures from the intro.
UPDATE: The Vespa India Web site is now live and dealers are now taking deposits.