When gas prices rise, scooter sales follow suit. It happened in the summer of 2008, when average U.S. gasoline prices topped $4/gallon and sales of scooters and small-displacement motorcycles jumped. When gasoline prices crashed to well below $2/gallon by the end of 2008, scooter sales declined sharply. Gas prices have since ratcheted back up, nearing the $4/gallon mark again, and scooters are enjoying renewed popularity.
That’s a big ray of sunshine for companies like Kymco. The 2012 Kymco lineup includes 18 scooters with displacements ranging from 49cc to 499cc and prices ranging from $1,399 to $6,799, ensuring there is a Kymco scooter of every size for every budget.
New for 2012 are the Downtown 200i, People GT 200i and 300i, and Like 50 LX and 200i LX, all of which are expansions of existing model families. The Downtown 200i has the same modern styling and features as the returning Downtown 300i, but its engine is 205cc instead of 290cc and its price, at $5,199, is $400 cheaper. Featuring large 16-inch wheels and urban styling, the People line gets two new models, the fuel-injected People GT 200i ($4,899) and 300i ($5,399), which replace the People S 200 and S 250 and join the smaller, carbureted People 50 and 150. The Like 50 LX ($2,199) and 200i LX ($2,699) are distinguished from the classically styled Like 50 and Like 200i, which return for 2012, by two-tone blue and white paint and white piping on the seat.
Kymco has significantly lowered the MSRP on several returning models, including the Like 200i ($2,599), Agility 125 ($1,799) and Agility 50 ($1,399). Dropped from Kymco’s lineup for 2012 are the Xciting 250Ri, Grandvista 250, Sting 50, Super 8 50 4T (two-stroke Super 8 50 2T remains) and the Quannon 150 motorcycle.
Detailed information will be on www.kymcousa.com and models will be on showroom floors in June.