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?
The main point of the article, which was originally written by Adil Jal Darukhanawala and printed in the December, 2006 issue of Bike India, is that Piaggio will develop a brand new Vespa for the booming Indian market. This is big news in itself, but something that stood out to me is this quote: "At the Milan Show BIKE INDIA caught up with both Roberto Colaninno and also Ravi Chopra, CEO of Piaggio Vehicles in India and they both confirmed that it was only a matter of time before the company went on to add both two as well as four wheeled vehicles in its portfolio."
The article finishes by stating that we should see examples of the new Vespa in twelve months, but no timetable is mentioned regarding a four-wheeled vehicle from Piaggio. They did just release the MP3...
[Source: Adil Jal Darukhanawala / India Bike via 2 Stroke Buzz]