01 May 2012 - 07:23
Vespa opens up its first Indian plant
Now that Vespa has finally been launched, we now know where they'll be coming from.
Last weekend, Piaggio India inaugurated their first Indian Vespa plant in Baramati, Maharashtra. As of now, only the Vespa LX 125 will be rolled out of the plant but Piaggio plans to manufacture more models in the coming years.
The plant has an initial capacity of manufacturing 1.5 lakh units of these scooters, but the production should double in mid-2013. The paint shop of the factory can currently roll out the scooter in six colours – red, yellow, black, brown, white and blue.
Some bigwigs were present at the inauguration ceremony, including Mr. Sharad Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation, Mr. Praful Patel, Union Minister for Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, Mr. Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister, Maharashtra and Mrs. Supriya Sule, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha; Mr Roberto Colaninno, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was present along with the Piaggio top management team.
Speaking at the event, Mr Colaninno said: “It is a historic and proud moment for the Piaggio Group that lays the foundation for us to be a formidable automotive force in India. The investment in Baramati is part of our strategic plan, which sees India as a significant destination in our growth trajectory.”
In case you haven't been keeping up on TopGear.com, bookings have already started at the Vespa showrooms across the country and deliveries should soon follow.