Piaggio unveils new series of Ape CNG/LPG three wheelers

Piaggio Vehicles, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Italian auto major Piaggio group, unveiled new series of Ape model of three wheelers in compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) variants in the Indian market.

The launch coincides with the roll out of the 2.5 millionth Piaggio vehicle from its sole manufacturing facility in Baramati, Maharashtra.

The Ape Xtra LDX and Ape Auto DX are part of the new industry-first water-cooled engine technology range, the company said, adding, the new range of vehicles will meet the growing demand for commercial vehicle mobility solutions particularly suited to intra-city travel.

Diego Graffi, managing director and chief executive officer, Piaggio Vehicles, said the launch of the new vehicles, which comprises both passenger as well as cargo categories, is part of firm’s plan to strengthen the alternative fuel product portfolio.

Piaggio also announced a warranty and insurance program, where customers buying Ape Diesel three wheelers will get a warranty for 42 months or 120.000 kilometers, whichever is earlier. Customers buying the Ape CNG/LPG/petrol three wheelers will be entitled to a warranty of 36 months or 100.000 kilometers, whichever is earlier.

It is also offering each Piaggio customer buying a three wheeler from today a personal accident insurance cover of Rs 100.000 (USD 1.500).

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