EU emissions law forces Vespa to go automatic.



Strict European emission legislation means Vespa will now only produce machines that have a fully automatic gear box. Scooter fans are not a happy bunch right now!

UK general manager Tony Campbell said: “In an effort to clean up emissions of all motorised vehicles, the EU government has set a number of standards to be met within certain deadlines.

“The new emissions regulations, known as “Euro 3”, make the production of a two-stroke engine larger than 50cc not economically feasible.  The decision by parent company Piaggio to cease production of the two-stroke PX 125cc, has saddened those who feel the model is a design classic.

Vespa said it felt its latest crop of automatic scooters, which include a new 300cc model and a sport model, carry on the brand’s heritage while making bikes more accessible to new riders.

Certainly can’t say that the EU ‘brand’ is cool or admired. Quite the opposite!

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2 Responses to EU emissions law forces Vespa to go automatic.

  1. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    The motor on my chainsaw is larger than 50cc. What are y’all going to cut your wood with?

    the Grit

  2. Pete Smith says:

    A bit misleading to blame Vespa’s decision to make only automatic scooters on the EU emissions laws.

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