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Piaggio has an unqualified success story on its hands in the form of the MP3 three-wheeled scooter. Well, make that a slightly qualified success, as the recently released hybrid version of the leaning machine hasn't quite sold up to expectations. Actually, Piaggio has sold, um, just about none of them.

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid – Click above to watch the video after the break

2009 Plug-in Hybrid Piaggio MP3 scooter - Click above for high-res image gallery

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Click above for a high-res gallery of the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid

Click above for a high-res gallery of the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid

Click above for more high-res shots of the Piaggio MP3 hybrid

Click above for more high-res shots of the Piaggio MP3 hybrid

Click above for more images of the Piaggio MP3 400 and 500

Sebastian is joined by Jeremy for AutoblogGreen Podcast #23, since Sam was hanging out with Bob Lutz and his Vectrix scooter when we recorded. Jeremy recounts his experience with Piaggio MP3 scooters on a ride from New York to Connecticut, and we move on to talk about the limited Prius supply as of late. We also touch on some developments at GM: the impending doom that may befall Hummer, and the coming of the Volt, which GM wants to build in Detroit. We go on for a while about hybrids and EVs fo

Click above for high-res gallery of the Piaggio MP3 400 and 500

Click above for high-res gallery of the Piaggio MP3 400 and 500

We have been following the release of the Can-Am Spyder since we first heard about it, and now we have an online ride review to digest. If you have any interest in this 3-wheeled vehicle, it would be a good idea to click here and read their three page report, and then click here to watch the video that they have made, showing the Spyder in an obstacle course.

Piaggio is the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to Italian motorcycles, owning and creating vehicles under the Piaggio, Vespa, Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Derbi and Aprilia brands. The majority of the vehicles the Piaggio Group sells are scooters, with motorcycles and rickshaw's making up the rest. But, here is an interesting rumor I found scanning 2 Stroke Buzz: will Piaggio start making four-wheeled vehicles in India?

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