The iconic Lambretta or popularly known as ‘Lumretta’ is making a comeback in India. However, it will don a modern avatar with the new electric powertrain.
Geared scooters were quite famous amongst the Indian families. The craze for it started back in the 1960s period. Now, there are hardly any seen on the roads.
Geared scooters were well for city travel and had a low cost of maintenance. Mainly, it came as a substitute for the people wanting a private transport but could not afford a 4-wheeler.
A lot of peoples still preserve their scooters in mint condition because of the fond memories. If you try searching for a restored Lambretta or Vespa from the 70s-80s, you will find it priced at an exorbitant range.
The list includes several names like Chetak, Lambretta, LML Vespa and much more. However, after the introduction of stricter emission norms in the 90s, two-stroke engines were stopped. After that, only a few scooters survived, before they all faded out in the 20th Century.
Now, one of the iconic scooters in this list is making a comeback in India. Scooters India Limited is planning to bring the legendary Lambretta scooter back to the Indian markets.
The scooter will make its debut as a prototype at the 2020 Auto Expo. It will retain its classic retro look but with all the modern features. More importantly, it will use an electric powertrain to adapt with the latest technology.
Innocenti, the parent company of Lambretta, has partnered up with Lohia Auto and Bird Group for development of the scooter. The parent company is looking for a plant in Maharashtra where it plans to assemble and manufacture the scooter.
Currently, Lambretta scooters are produced in Milan, Italy. The plant in India will provide our market with the original parts and will also serve as a production hub for exporting to the neighbouring countries.
Further specifications, launch dates and plant details will probably be revealed at the Auto Expo. As of now, there are no speculations of the electric motor.
Alongside, the brand has also started developing Super Lambretta. This model will be bigger and more spacious than the current Lambretta models in global markets.
In the Indian market, Lambretta will be positioned as a very premium scooter. It might be offered at a price range alongside Vespa. Even Vespa is the reincarnation of the original Vespa geared scooter.