Piaggio Group incorporate ABS in all 150 cc scooters and Combined Braking System (CBS) in all 125 cc scooters for Vespa and Aprilia brand
The April 2019 deadline for the mandate to make Combined Braking System (CBS) and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) compulsory is just three months away and the Italian scooter makers Aprilia and Vespa are ready to meet the deadline. In fact, Vespa and Aprilia are the only scooter brands in India currently to offer ABS technology.
The two Piaggio Group brands have announced CBS and ABS for their 125-cc and 150-cc scooters respectively. The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) ensures braking without slippage, provides rider greater control of his vehicle by effectively enhancing the braking performance of the vehicle. Similarly, CBS provides proportional brake distribution between the front and rear brakes thereby increasing the stability of the vehicle.
The CBS equipped models are likely to see a price rise of around Rs 3,000 – 4,000 with ABS models costing up to Rs 10,000 more than the current equivalent variant. Along with ABS and CBS, the Aprilia line-up is also likely to move to MRF tyres from the current Vee Rubber tyres.
Commenting on the introduction of new upgraded Vespa and Aprilia, Mr Diego Graffi, Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio India said, “As a global brand, we are committed to the safety of our customers and delighted to comply with the changing safety norms from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. This move will improve the overall safety and riding standards of the two-wheeler industry. For us, our product portfolio was already ABS compliant last year, but we are launching them across the country now to fit the general demand.”