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Old 16th November 2016, 00:19   #16
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Originally Posted by Maverick1977 View Post
... Imagine your daughter on this scooter going to college! She will be the biggest talk of the town...
I doubt it!

How many people seeing this Vespa are gonna get to know that it's worth 13 lac? At least the Fiat 500 and the Beetle 'looked' expensive even if the motor was ordinary. This Vespa according to me doesn't have that trump card either!
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Default Re: Vespa 946 Emporio Armani edition. Now launched at a whopping Rs. 12.04 lakhs

12 Lacs!!!

If Vespa dealers accept old 500 and 1000 rupee notes, they'll able to clear off stocks in a jiffy...

12 Lacs for a scooter is impossible to digest. Converting the normal Vespa into this super Vespa isn't going to cost more than a lac (on the higher side). One can get the same exact looks for about 2 Lacs, there are workshops who can do it exactly as it is.

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Default Re: Vespa 946 Emporio Armani edition. Now launched at a whopping Rs. 12.04 lakhs

12 Lacs ? For an Emporio-Armani badge?

Agreed, It looks fabulous, but it would've been sensible if it had a higher capacity engine (300/400 or 500cc may be ?) and mechanical elements to match the engine, So that they can justify the price tag and make it stand out from other Vespa's

But, there will be people to buy this , just to decorate their Drawing rooms

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Originally Posted by Maverick1977 View Post
In Fashion & Luxury markets, goods cannot be cheap. They have to be priced higher to maintain exclusivity
Agreed, but it's applicable to other markets, not India.

There are socialites & really wealthy women who'll not blink an eye before spending 3 lakhs on a handbag or 6 lakhs on a watch. For them, the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani edition will require lesser financial planning than it will for us to buy a Maruti Swift.

However, in India, riding a scooter for these socialites isn't practical. It's too hot, too dusty, more dangerous and will soil their designer clothes. There's also the leching factor they'd be worried about. Not to mention, most of the rich girls probably haven't ever learnt how to ride a two-wheeler!

The above-mentioned points are perhaps not as applicable to parts of Europe & USA.
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Originally Posted by CrAzY dRiVeR View Post
Probably should start a business of converting normal Vespa 150cc scooters to these super 150cc scooters for an additional lakh. Still can sell some units considering it would cost 10 lakhs lesser, while being identical. Dont see many changes other than body work anyways!

12.04 lakhs for a 150cc scooter, no matter how stylish it looks is -
I get what you're saying but then THAT is a bit reductio absurdum on your part sir. After all that is always true for any and every higher-priced vehicle: that you can get the body work redone to copy i.e., to create a 'pirate' edition of your own.

btw, the 946 is ALL aluminium, has ample electronics including fuel injection, etc. So the 'normal' 150cc Indian Vespa 125 re-bodied would indeed be a TOTAL pirate-edition! ;-) Besides you cannot rebody a Vespa: they have no panels: the frame IS the body, a monocoque.

It's the cbu-tariffs plus other taxes, that's all. Besides, it is not meant for sales numbers: it is brand-building/elevating exercize, that is all, for Vespa given that Piaggio is increasingly seeking to cross sell Moto Guzzis and Aprilia-s alongside Vespa-s at their combined MOTOPLEX dealerships.

Perhaps we in India do not 'get' the concept of 'authenticity' (in this case: retrochic, chic future-past style) on which such European models sell, despite 'getting' the vague/general 'status via exclusivity/rarity' thing. We're sometimes willing to pay for the latter but rarely for the former, least of all in scooters. Which is understandable since a 'Vespa' has different 'desi modest middle class workhorse' connotations here historically? Like the Yamaha Fascino we may yet get a Japanese 'pirate' edition of this uber-chic Vespa 946 as well: at desi-palatable prices, below 1 lakh!

Why the Indian government is not signing the pending FTA with the EU is beyond me: imo the deal being offered is good one. Domestic auto lobby, i suppose. THAT is the real grief here.
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