NEW ENTRIES FOR 2016:
LIBERTY, MEDLEY AND VESPA 70°
The Piaggio Group, Europe's leading manufacturer of two-wheel motor vehicles, confirms its cutting-edge role in developing innovative technologies for individual mobility. For 2016, Piaggio is introducing two brand new scooters for urban and metropolitan mobility: the new Liberty generation, a complete revamp of the best-selling previous model, and the Medley, a totally new high-wheel mid-range scooter. Both products are fitted with engines from the new Piaggio iGet family, for excellent performance and reduced emissions and consumption. New versions of the Vespa are also making their debut, in a tribute to the upcoming 70th anniversary of the world's most famous scooter.
LIBERTY: A FULL MAKEOVER FOR THE PIAGGIO HIGH-WHEELER
Eighteen years on from the debut of the first version, a huge commercial success with 900,000 shipments, the Piaggio Liberty has been given a full makeover. The latest version remains true to the values of the original project, but addresses the growing demand for a light, robust, easy-to-ride “high-wheeler” offering superior quality, impeccable performance and advanced technological content for safety, such as ABS braking, offered as a standard feature on the 125 and 150cc versions.Piaggio New Liberty - Official Video
The new version is slightly larger, with greater saddle comfort on all the models, 50, 125 and 150: the new and more accommodating Liberty also has a larger footboard. The stylistic approach has not changed – although the design and the details are completely new, the scooter is unmistakeably a Liberty – nor has the overall weight, for one of the segment’s lightest two-wheelers, to ensure easy riding and easy management when stationary for young and adult riders, male and female. The new-generation Liberty offers features associated with a much higher class of two-wheeler, including new digital instrumentation and LED daylight running lights. The new design of the forms and volumes means the compartment beneath the saddle is now larger, with room for a jet helmet. For easy manoeuvrability, as well as enhanced safety and stability, the front wheel-rim has been increased to 16” and ABS braking has been introduced.
The Liberty introduces Piaggio's new generation of iGet engines, in 50, 125 and 150cc displacements, the result of a new design philosophy to raise the efficiency of each single element for maximum quality and performance and lower fuel consumption, which is top of the range in each of the three categories. The wide choice of accessories includes a remote control built into the key fob, together with a “bike finder” that turns on the lights.
PIAGGIO MEDLEY: THE NEXT LEADER IN STYLE, TECHNOLOGY AND QUALITY
The Piaggio Medley marks the arrival of a new segment in high-wheel scooters. This new Piaggio scooter combines the advantages of a light, agile vehicle – overall weight of just 135 kg – with all the benefits of a high-wheeler delivering superior technology and performance, like the best-selling Beverly. The Piaggio Medley is a brand new two-wheeler in terms of both style and the state-of-the-art solutions employed right from the design stage.Piaggio Medley - Official Video
In the design, the Piaggio Group Style Centre has paid great attention to detail and finishes, for perfect ergonomics and ease of use. There is an evident family feeling with the other Piaggio high-wheel models, emphasised by details such as “light guide” technology on the daytime running lights, and new multifunctional digital instrumentation. For maximum safety, the scooter also offers two-channel ABS and an immobiliser as standard features. Great attention has been devoted to ensuring on-board comfort for riders of all sizes, with a tapered saddle close to the ground for maximum control when the scooter is stationary. The compartment below the saddle has a record capacity for this category of vehicle, with room for two full-face helmets.
This is the result of skilful use of the space, with the fuel tank placed below the footboard, and a much smaller central tunnel, to enhance riding comfort and vehicle accessibility. The Medley marks the debut of the most sophisticated top-performing model in Piaggio’s new-generation iGet engines, a technological gem with four valves and liquid cooling, available in 125 and 150cc capacities and with the “Start & Stop” system. The Piaggio Medley delivers top-of-the-category performance, low fuel consumption and extended service intervals, together with vibration-free riding, rapid standstill starts and outstanding reliability.
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VESPA 70°: CELEBRATING A LEGEND CREATED IN 1946
It was 1946 when the first Vespa scooter left the Pontedera factory. With the 70th anniversary approaching fast, the Piaggio Group is paying tribute to the world's favourite scooter with a special version, a classy customisation celebrating the history of a vehicle that has gone beyond its role as a means of transport for easy, pleasant commuting to become a cult object, a triumph of design, an icon of Italian chic. The Vespa anniversary is marked with a series of Vespa 70 special editions for the most emblematic models in the current range: the youthfully nippy Primavera, the imposing technological GTS and the classic evergreen PX.
Each anniversary model adopts the exclusive “Azzurro 70” colour scheme, a special paint finish for the wheel-rims, a dedicated logo on the side fairings and an ID plate on the front glove compartment. The livery also includes a new dark brown saddle with contrasting beige trim and a thermo-bonded Vespa 70 logo. Another standard feature is the new top box bag in the same material as the saddle, which can be mounted on the rear luggage holder.