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Vespa

The Vespa ( wasp) was the first scooter to popularize this category of two-wheelers. Its name referred to the characteristic shape of the vehicle with a narrow waist (stand over) and a wide abdomen (rear wheel arch).
It was designed in 1946 by the engineer Corradino D'Ascanio. It was supposed to be a cheap vehicle for a mass audience. It had an easy-to-use two-stroke engine with a capacity of 98 cm³, a spare wheel and a gearbox in which gears were changed by turning the left lever. From the very beginning, the vehicle found many buyers, as it perfectly suited the needs of the Italians at the time. It was a cheap and easy to navigate and available to everyone.
Later, Vespas began to be sold outside of Italy, where they also gained popularity. They began to be produced under licenses in England, Spain, India, Germany, France, Brazil and Belgium. Till today 39 Vespa models have rolled off the Piaggio factory assembly line. In the 1960s, the Soviet Wiatka and the Polish WFM Osa were created based on it. Bajaj Chetak and LML are produced in India under Piaggio's license.
Today, Vespa deserves to be called a global brand more than ever. The factory in Pontadera produces Vespa scooters sold in Europe and other western markets, including the US. Vespa continues to introduce aesthetic changes and technological innovations. In ten years, production has more than tripled with the introduction of the new LX / S and GTS / GTV models. During this time, over a million new Vespa scooters have appeared on the roads of the world.