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!