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Whither LML? *Updated

June 12, 2017
Stella Automatic

Genuine Stella Automatic (Photo: Genuine Scooter Co.)

There is news about LML, aka Lohia Machines Ltd., the manufacturer of Genuine Scooter Company’s Stella. The news is not good.

ScooterLab.UK reports that the company has entered into what is known in India as an Insolvency Resolution Process, a proceeding similar to what in the U.S. is called Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

ScooterLab had reported on the LML factory’s shutdown for “restructuring” in 2016. LML has until November 2017 to come up with a plan to pay creditors; if fewer than 75% of them agree to the plan, the company will be liquidated.

The company had been slow to respond to demands imposed by bans of 2-stroke engines in many of its largest export markets, and the implementation of Euro 4 emissions standards, which none of its scooters presently meet.

While their 2-stroke scooters share many parts with Vespa P-Series models, there are reportedly already shortages of parts for their 4-stroke manual and CVT scooters.

In the U.S., LML’s scooters were sold as the Stella and Stella Automatic. Genuine Scooter Company issued the following statement Monday:

Genuine has been monitoring LML’s financial situation and was sad to receive notice of their insolvency. Until LML’s situation is resolved, Genuine will not be importing new Stella models. We do have access to parts through several suppliers and we will continue to sell Stella accessories through Scooterworks USA. We are truly disheartened by this turn of events as LML has been a valuable vendor for Genuine Scooters. Without LML, there would be no Stella, our first and most beloved scooter that we brought to market. We wish LML the best as they go through this process. If you have questions, please contact Trey Duren at or Dorothy Hanley at

Scootin’ Old Skool will be following this story. More news as it becomes available.

One Comment
  1. Dr. Greg E. Sedbrook permalink
    June 12, 2017 12:21 pm

    Not good news at all!

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