If the last few months of 2011 were
any indicator, 2012 should pose a good year for scooters in Australia.
We take a look into the crystal ball and predict what will be hot in the
year ahead. For further information on any of the models mentioned here
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A continuation of a successful 2011. This brand has seen a significant
increase in sales, thanks mainly to the TGB Transcoot. Busy delivering
pizzas all over Australia, the Transcoot is the obvious and only choice.
The Transcoot benefits from being a purpose built delivery scooter.
This year we will see a further increase in sales as more and more Pizza
franchises compliment their cars with a fleet of TGB Delivery
The all new TGB Bellavita 125/300 which will arrive in the 3rd QTR of
2012. I am predicting big things for this scooter. The Bellavita will be
the first large capacity classic out of Taiwan, styling is right on the
money. Price for the 300 model should sit somewhere in the vicinity of
The X-Race 150 was launched late in 2011 at a 2.5K price point. Again
this should sell in good numbers given the 150 cc engine capacity. It
also comes with twin rear shocks and 13 inch wheels. So a good value,
tried and trusted package for around 3K on the road.
We will see a significant increase in overall sales thanks to one model, the Besbi.
The Besbi 125 will take up the budget battle for Daelim. If the Besbi
looks familiar, that's because it was previously known as the Sachs
Amici. Quality control is also now being carried out by the South Korean
company before product is shipped to Australia. Looks cute, will sell
The premium brand that will continue charging ahead in 2012. The main
charge will be led by the popular Sportcity One 125. Aprilia's sales
increase was well up over the previous year, if stock levels remain
consistent, expect more of the same for 2012.
Two headline acts will surely be the introduction of the SR MAX 300 and
the SRV 850. Numbers are not expected to be massive here, though both
scooters offer something different. The SRV 850 will generate
significant exposure for the brand.
Overall the Aprilia range is expected to fire given the price reduction
of various models that occurred in late 2011. Together the Sportcity 300
and Scarabeo 300 offering significant value for money.
Aprilia will also introduce the updated Scarabeo 200 this month. I do
have a soft spot for this model. The 2012 model update will receive a
facelift, a new seat and top-shelf tyres standard.
We are waiting with anticipation as SYM is said to have a few new models
hitting our shores in 2012. One that I can confirm is the SYM Maxsym
400i. The Maxsym 400i wont break sales records though at mid 7's ride
away this will definitely be one to watch. Should be a hugely capable
scooter for the bucks.
SYM carries a range of popular 50 cc models, the Red Devil consistently
in the Top 10 for 2011. The SYM VS150 continues to perform well as a
budget all-rounder. The only brand with a 4 year warranty across its
Taiwanese range of models.
We will most likely see the update of the Fly in 2012, though probably
not till later in the year. The update was first seen at Eicma last
year, the Fly gets a facelift and all new running gear. The Fly is
significant because it continues to be one of Australia's top selling
Next will be the Liberty 150, the first model to be sold here out of new
Vietnam facility. Should be a goodie, priced around the 4K mark on the
And finally the Typhoon 125 which was launched early December 2011. The
2T-50 cc version will join the 125 shortly. The Typhoon features fat
balloon tyres and teenage graphics. One for the young at heart.
Will continue on as the Number 1 premium brand in Australia. Though little to report here.
Most likely we will see a new colour scheme for the GTS 300 Super
Sport as seen at Eicma. So look out for a new matt "orange" to be
introduced in 2012.
My pick in this range would have to be the long standing GTS 250 i.e. Top value for well under 8K on the road.
Honda has fired the starters gun early. The strength of the Honda brand will be apparent in 2012.
The PCX 125 continues to perform relatively well across all markets.
This model was launched last year and has now founded a solid
reputation. Expect this to continue in 2012.
Prediction : The new Dio/Vision will be Australia's Number 1 selling scooter
by the end of 2012. For under 3K on the road the Dio boasts 125 cc
performance from a fuel injected 110 cc powerplant. Fuel economy is just
crazy. The Dio also offers impeccable handling and impressive build
quality for the money. Good storage, big wheels, top seating position
Mention should be made of the Honda Integra maxi that will arrive in
January this year. The Integra, a semi-auto motorcycle in scooter
clothing. Expecting this one to find a niche. No pricing as yet.
Kymco will finally release the Like 200i. Expected early last year, this
model now expected early this year. The Like 200i will fill an urgent
void and should sell well.
Kymco has just released the 2 stroke - Super 8 50. If kept price
competitive this model will continue to sell well in markets like Qld
and WA. Expect the Super 8 to be up there in the numbers game along with
the Agility 50 4T.
Like Honda, it is my belief that Yamaha will look towards the Asian
markets when introducing new products. Just look at models like the new
Xenter for example. This is all just crystal ball gazing but watch this
I should mention the new TMAX, though it will have little bearing on
overall numbers. The TMAX has been given a major touch up and I would
expect it to be highly anticipated. Initial reports from Europe look
very favourable. Expect in the back half of 2012.
Again not a mass market model. Though for BMW and the world over, this
will surely be one of the most highly anticipated Maxi releases ever.
Two model derivatives will be available. One sport model, the other a
full blown tourer. Prices are yet to be confirmed.
Will BMW target the cashed-up scooter rider or will this model form an extension of the current bike range?