Vespa lookalikes seized at the EICMA 2013

Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 - 12:51pm IST

Made in China products feature in our everyday lives. Be it your phone, laptop or any other digital device, either as a whole or in parts, is manufactured China. The tag is slowly appearing on our vehicles too.

Vespa Copies siezed
11 scooters that were imitations of the Vespa were seized by financial law enforcement officers.

In India we have the Chevrolet Sail twins, Premier Rio, Enjoy MPV and Force One, which originally are Chinese products or designs. While some Chinese manufacturers make efforts to produce original designs and technology, there are many companies which imitate ideas from the big brands and show them as their own.

One such case came to light at the 2013 EICMA, where a few two wheeler manufacturers from China showcased imitations of Piaggio’s Vespa scooters. Around 11 scooters showcased by 7 different Chinese exhibitors were confiscated by the Mobile Unit of the Rho division of the Guardia di Finanza.

Vespa Copies siezed
Seen here are some Vespa copies seized by the Guardia di Finanza.

Guardia di Finanza is the Italian military police corps responsible for financial law enforcement. Vehicles were seized after determining that they breached the exclusive Piaggio Group rights constituted by the three-dimensional trademark registered by Piaggio. The right plays a role in protecting the shape of Vespa products.

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2 thoughts on “Vespa lookalikes seized at the EICMA 2013

  1. avsatishchandra says:

    I can’t believe that the Italians are so paranoid about their designs being copied. I don’t think anyone will confuse the Chinese made scooters with the Vespa. And what is the point in seizing 11 scooters in Italy? They cannot do this all over the world. They should have just let them be.

  2. Dinesh Shekhar says:

    Wrong! The Premier Rio is the budget version of the much famous Daihatsu Terrios, which is quite popular in the South East Asian countries. What the Chinese got, was, another imitated product. Primier got the license to manufacture the Rio is from Daihatsu, which is majorly owned by Toyota Japan. Yes, indeed it is not the copy of the latest Terrios, but a generation oder one !!


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