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Piaggio introduces Indian-made LX

January 6, 2012
India-built Vespa LX

Indian-made Vespa LX 125 is for the Indian market only (Piaggio Group photos)

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.

Vespa LX 125

Piaggio India's Ravi Chopra introduces the LX 125 at New Delhi's Auto Expo 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. Favicon

UPDATE: The Vespa India Web site is now live and dealers are now taking deposits.

  1. Jack Riepe permalink
    January 7, 2012 11:36 am

    Dear Orin:

    This was an interesting statement:

    “You’ll notice the LX shown in the pic to the left has different wheels than those found on North American and European versions (not to mention same-size tires on both ends). One of the changes for the Indian market was reported to be wheels that can be easily changed by the owner.”

    If I read this correctly, this is a design change to make the maintenance more agreeable to the owners in India, but not in the United States nor Europe. Hmmmmmmmmm. And I wonder if there will be a difference in quality as well.

    Fondest regards,

  2. Binky permalink
    January 7, 2012 12:43 pm

    In the U.S. Vespas are luxury items for people who have never gotten their hands dirty in their entire lives. However, in the year 2012, most Americans wouldn’t have the slightest idea what to do with a screwdriver or wrench. Listen to all the kvetching about having to assemble IKEA furniture.

  3. January 7, 2012 1:39 pm

    Jack, from what I read, scooter manufacturers in India are unable to keep up with the demand for new ones, so it’s not likely the Indian-made LXs will be exported in the near future (Piaggio has a factory in Vietnam, too). And even if they were, if they were up to the standard of a 2012 Genuine Stella I think they’d be more than acceptable in the U.S. or Europe.

    The switch to easily-removable wheels means these LXs have mechanical drum brakes on both wheels. I imagine that’s as much a cost issue as a design issue…

  4. January 10, 2012 12:35 pm

    They’re building Harley Davidsons over there, too. Ironic, then, that in September I bought (in the U.S.) a motorcycle made in India. I’m really enjoying the commute on my new Royal Enfield B5. It was relatively inexpensive, and accessories are much less expensive than those made for Harleys and for Japanese motorcycles.

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