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PIAGGIO Brand History
In 1884, a twenty year old boy named Rinaldo Piaggio founded Piaggio, a Genoa-based firm which initially manufactured locomotives and other parts. After a few years, the company started producing rail carriages, goods vans, coaches, engines and truck bodies while during the World War I it even created airplanes and seaplanes. In 1917, Piaggio decided to buy a new plant in Pisa while after four years it expanded with a new one in Pontedera. This latest addition is actually the place where Vespa, a famous name on the motorcycle market, was founded many years later. Although this plant was massively damaged by bombs, Enrico Piaggio, Rinaldo's son, had the resources to rebuild it.
After the war was ended, Enrico Piaggio wanted to build a bike that would be addressed to all kinds of consumers and above all, a low cost product available to all of them.
In order to reach this goal, he designed a scooter called Paperino, meaning Donald Duck, but, due to the fact that Enrico wasn't happy with it, Corradino D'Ascanio, the designer of the bike, had to re-build it. As a result, the company designed the Vespa, the scooter launched in 1946.
The first step was made, so next year a new Vespa bike was officially launched, being equipped with a 125cc engine. In 1946, there were no less than 2484 scooters on the market, while the number was increased the next year to 10535 units. By 1948, the Vespa production reached 19822 scooters while three years later, 171200 vehicles were already released. Vespa had a remarkable success as after four years of availability, the scooter was manufactured in 13 countries, sold in 114 nations and even copied in USSR where the Viatka 150cc was pretty much the same as a Vespa.
By 1988, no less than ten million Vespa units were already sold, the Vespa PX model probably representing the highest success of the company. Getting back to the first Vespa, it was powered by a 98 cc engine, had 3.2 bhp at 4,500 rpm and could reach a top speed of 60 km/h. However, it was kept in production for only two years, being then replaced by newer models. The Vespa 125 was a little bit different from the 98 edition, being equipped with a different engine and also with rear suspension. The 1953 Vespa 125 came with a more powerful engine which produced 5 bhp at 5,000 rpm and a top speed of 75 km/h.
Vespa 150 GS was just another attractive model which was consider to be “the most popular, imitated and remembered model”. This Vespa model could reach a top speed of no less than 100 km/h.
Vespa won a lot of awards, being described as the best Italian motorcycle after Giancarlo Tironi, an Italian student, managed to reach the Arctic Circle riding a Vespa. In 1980, two Vespa PX 200 scooter reached the finish line of the second Paris-Dakar rally which underlined, once again, that Piaggio built one of the most advanced scooters in the history.
Latest News about PIAGGIO
Old as the Piaggio brand may be, this does not mean it has to remain stuck into the past. And since Piaggio's scooters are among the planet's favorite, here's a new approach to 21st century scooter design from Simone Mandella: the Piaggio PAM. Just like Daniel Munnink's Neos, it's down to ... Continue Reading →
Good news from Piaggio and Vespa: to stress out even more how fuel-efficient their machines are, customers who buy one of the selected models until June 30 will receive a free $250 (€192) gas card as a parts of the “Free Gas for a Year” Program. The offer is limited to the following vehicles: MY12... Continue Reading →
Piaggio has entered the Indian market in April 2012 and has really high hopes for making it really big there. With multi-million 2-wheeled vehicles sales, India is one of the biggest markets and Piaggio is looking to get a piece of the "cake" with their Piaggio and Vespa scooters. However, what works wel... Continue Reading →
The 2013 Piaggio MP3 400 is one of the glorious commuting solutions for those who will not ride a motorcycle, but still think they'll do much betthe than driving a car. A nimble, 399cc, 3-wheel scooter is however, a completely different matter, backed by Piaggio's legendary craftsmanship quality and boastin... Continue Reading →
Maxi-scooters usually boast modern design, focusing on the edgy lines and aiming to appeal to the car driver looking for cheaper and more convenient transportation or commuting. However, it's so nice to see that bigger scooters are still being manufactured with the old-school picture in mind: and the Piaggio BV ... Continue Reading →
Cars may be fast, but if you're stuck in traffic, that's small comfort. On the other hand, if you like to ride and want to make it from point A to B quickly and in style, the 2013 Piaggio Typhoon 125 seems to be one of the best choices. The Piaggio Typhoon 125 has been created for those who want a bigger... Continue Reading →
The 2013 Piaggio Typhoon 50 is one small-displacement scooter really worthy to check out. Those in search of a nifty commuting solution to rid them of both ever-increasing petrol costs and traffic jams will surely appreciate the 2013 Typhoon 50, as this scooter offers much than meets the eye, and all for an affordabl... Continue Reading →
The 2013 Piaggio Fly 150 is one of the best choices if you're looking for a method of transportation across and around the city. And if small-dimensions and good mileage are a must, lucky you. Even more, this scooter boastsa an engi with triple the displacement of the casual similar machines. It's not a ma... Continue Reading →
If you're looking for a dependable small-displacement commuting solution, the Piaggio Fly 50V might be one of the winning choices. Not only it sports a diminutive fuel consumption, but it also looks good and is backed with legendary technology meant to offer trouble-free operation and tons of fun. The 4-strok... Continue Reading →
Good news for the Indian scooter riders, as Piaggio, one of the world's leading scooter manufacturers announces the beginning of their Typhoon bike in 2013. The Piaggio Typhoon will be equipped with the same 150cc engine now powering the Fly 150 machine, making this the very first multi-point injection scooter t... Continue Reading →