Piaggio Fly scooter imported to India for R&D purposes - IAB Report

29/01/2015 - 15:14 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Unlikely to launch in India in the immediate future though.

According to import-export tracking website Zauba.com, the Piaggio Fly 125 scooter was imported to the country for R&D purposes. The scooter was previously slated for an Indian launch, but currently Piaggio has shelved the plans indefinitely.

Piaggio Fly front quarters
Piaggio was considering launching the Fly in India, but has shelved plans.

Piaggio is currently selling scooters under its premium brand, Vespa, in India. The Fly 125 was supposed to be the Piaggio brand’s entry into the country, and would have been a lower priced scooter that would compete with the likes of the Honda Activa 125, Suzuki Access and Swish 125 scooters. Unfortunately, the Fly scooter does not have the same lifestyle-brand status as the Vespa 125, and would thus need more convincing for a sell if priced at a premium.

The Fly 125 in its European spec produces 12 bhp and 10.7 Nm of torque that is put down to the road via a CVT transmission. In the U.K., the Fly 125 costs upwards of £2,300, roughly translating to INR 2,14,000.

Piaggio Fly rear quarter
The Fly shares its 125 cc engine with the Vespa.

Also read: Piaggio Vespa Elegante limited edition launched at INR 78,999

Currently we can safely assume that the scooter has been imported to India only for research and development purposes. Another possibility is that a rival manufacturer could have imported it for benchmarking purposes.

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