Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BMW to enter with EV Scooters and New C1 coming to the USA 2013

So some news from the show.

Despite all the rumors my friend with the German firm claims there are "big" plans for the international scooter market. Gas prices, the push for EV, and a higher end buyer that wants an automatic unit means BMW can no longer avoid entering this side of the Powersports Industry. The original BMW scooter is now something of a collectors item in Germany so it makes sense they would want to do this right and bring something to the market that nobody has seen before.

So it seems two versions of the C1 are coming to the US at some point in 2012 or 2013. They will only be entering with the Maxi line. It goes on sale in Europe first in 2012. Once it hits the market in Germany and Italy it will roll out in the export markets including the US. I don't know all the details, but they should look like the prototype they have been displaying.

It's been a few years since they had the original BMW C1 that never made it to the states. Since then Adiva, Diamo/LS, a bunch of Chinese companies have tried the top roof concept. I did meet some guys at Indy that are doing quite well with a similar styled Trike with a top from the AutoMoto, really cool guys I will write on them later.

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