Piaggio is joining the league to bring a low-cost three-seat city-car
Posted on Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 8:30 am
The Piaggio, Italian scooter maker, conceived the concept of NT3 in India which may hit the roads by late-2013. NT3 is a low cost three seat city car that would battle the Tata Nano and the to-be-launched Hyundai Ha – an 800cc Rs 2- 3lakh small car – and a new sub-600cc Maruti, code named YE3.
Referring to NT3 small cars as the next Ape Piaggio India Ltd MD Ravi Chopra said, “The car has been developed keeping in view fast-growing markets like India and Vietnam. After the concept which has been developed in India we will be working on cost-effective manufacturing technologies during the next phase to make the car competitive priced.”
The three-seat cabin features a central, front driving position and twin rear seats, just like the McLaren F1 and BMW’s 1994 concept, the Z13, also based around ‘bike running gear. The engine choices in the concept are 200cc or 300cc ‘bike engines, the 300cc also mated to a hybrid system.
Roberto Colannino, Piaggio boss, has “very big sales numbers in mind for India.” Although no factory location or sales launch dates were revealed, they are soon to begin with production with a approximate price tag of Rs 1.5 lakh.