The Italian automotive manufacturer, Piaggio has officially claimed that they will soon introduce Aprilia RS 150 and Tuono 150 bikes in India by 2020. This is the first step of the company to enter the popular bike segment of the 125-150cc. The upcoming premium Aprilia bikes will rival against the likes of Bajaj-KTM, TVS Motor and Yamaha. The bikes will attract the fans with its new look and affordable price tags which will start from 80,000-1.5 lakh.
The 150cc bikes have received a great response in the Indian market. So, this could be the reason which forced the company to produce the range. The bikes will be locally assembled in the company’s Baramati facility, Maharashtra in the country. At present, the company produces 800-1000 cc sports motorcycles which are carried as CBU units. Both the bikes were debuted at the Auto Expo held last year. The bikes will run on the same liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 150cc motor generating 18hp at 10,000rpm and 14Nm of peak torque at 7,500rpm.
Piaggio Group has confirmed to introduce the first bike under Aprilia brand by 2020. The company will also increase the range by releasing more 3 models in future. In an interview with ET Auto, Diego Graffi, MD Piaggio Vehicles India, said, “When we entered the scooter space, we focused on the premium end and the same is the case with the range of motorcycles we plan to bring in. We plan to start manufacturing a 150cc bike in the next 12-15 months. We plan to launch four motorbikes under Aprilia.”
He further added, “This is the first time that we are going to introduce these products and definitely based on the results, we are going to expand. This is the first product line but based on results we will think on how to expand.” The manufacturing of both bikes will begin in the next 12-14 months. The fully faired bikes have been spotted several times while on the test which confirms that it will soon hit the market. Piaggio will also develop a street motorcycle after the sports bike segment.
After producing the 150cc range, the company also plans to introduce a larger displacement. In FY April-January 2019, nearly 2 million units of the 125-250cc bike range were traded in India which clearly defines the popularity of the segment. The range is increasing by around 14 per cent compared to the overall bike market development of 11 per cent. Piaggio delivered around 66,000 units of scooters in the same FY recording sales increase of 20 per cent. Although, a total of 5.8 million scooters were marketed in the country so, the sales figure of Piaggio scooters is just a portion of it.
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