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Saturday, March 22, 2014

No scooter on Ducati future

In December 2013, re-circulating the news that the Italian famous motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati is preparing their scooter models, and this news has been blowing since 2012. Apparently, the news was just a rumor, as stated by the CEO of Ducati, "Scooters are not part of the future of Ducati," said Claudio Domenicali as quoted of MCN.

He said, the small engine was not Ducati's spare ammunition to facing the future global competition. One such product is a Scramble that will be introduced this year, and its sales are scheduled in the year of 2015. For Ducati, "the future" is still dependent on large-engined motorbikes, find new markets, and develop it.
Ducati Cruiser 175. (Picture from: http://www.scooterfile.com/)
Indeed, the first Ducati ever made scooters in the 1950s, starting from Cruiser 175 could be spew up to 7.5 PS of power, that can be driven up to a maximum speed of 50 kph (31.07 mph). This Ducati Cruiser 175 debuted at the 1952 Milan motorcycle show and was the most sophisticated twist-and-go of its era

The first scooter to be equipped with a four-stroke engine and a continuously variable transmission, the Cruiser was ahead of its time in an era of two-stroke, manual shift Vespas and Lambrettas.
Ducati Brio 48. (Picture from: http://www.scooterfile.com/)
Perhaps because the Italian market preferred the proletarianism of cheaper rivals such as Vespa and Lambretta, the Cruiser never caught on and production was stopped in 1954 after only 1,000 units were produced.
Ducati Brio 100. (Picture from: http://www.autobelle.it/)
Ten years after the Cruiser 175 debut, Ducati tried to re-create the scooter with the name Brio, designed by Gio Ponti, a designer who developed the Fiat 600. At that time, using two engine options, namely 48 and 80 cc. The Brio sooter was unveiled at the 1963 Milan Exhibition.
Gio Ponti, a designer of Ducati Brio. (Picture from: http://www.ducatiusa.com/)
Ducati said that the Brio is to be able to roam as far as 220 km (136.7 miles) at a speed of 40 kph (24.85 mph), and only relying on the one full filled tank. Brio ever been using the 100 cc engine to vehicle of traffic police officer in Bologna, and was then replaced by the 50 cc, with a 49.6 cc engine and a more deluxe finish. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DUCATI-USA | SCOOTERFILE]
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