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After its recent announcement of the appointment of Edaran Modenas (Emos) as the official distributor of Taiwanese scooter brand Kymco, Modenas today launched the 2017 Modenas Karisma and Elegan 250 scooters, as well as the Kymco Downtown 250i. The new models are part of Modenas’ expansion to capture at least 10% of the 125 cc and 50% of the 250 cc scooter market by 2017.

Smallest of the new Modenas scooters is the Karisma 125, which carries a 125 cc, single-cylinder engine that puts out 9.4 hp at 7,500 rpm. Featuring a USB port for charging electronic devices and a multi-purpose key control system, the Karisma 125 comes in two colours – Bright Red and Pearly White – and retails at RM5,278, including GST.

Second of the Modenas scooters is the Elegan 250, which takes over the mantle from the Elegan 200 which was launched back in 2010. Sporting a SOHC 250 cc single-cylinder power plant fed by EFI, the Elegan 250 has 22.1 hp at 7,000 rpm on tap, and is liquid-cooled.

Braking on the Elegan 250 is done with hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, and there is a cavernous compartment under the seat. An LCD dashboard completes the cockpit, and the rider can choose between Matte White and Matte Black. Retail price for the Elegan 250 is RM13,599, including GST.

First of the the Kymco scooters to hit the Malaysian market is the Kymco Downtown 250i, assembled at the Modenas plant in Gurun, in CKD form. A smaller version of the RM31.5k 2016 Kawasaki J300 – which in turn is based on the Kymco Downtown 300i – the Downtown 250i retails for RM22,790.

As part of its sales and support strategy, Emos will be leveraging on a network of 200 dealers nationwide, alongside its own service centres in Gurun, Ipoh, Subang, Johor Bharu and Kuantan. Kymco scooters will be sold in these Modenas dealerships, as well as 30 new Kymco dealerships across the nation. The new Modenas and Kymco scooters are expected to hit showrooms in early 2017.

GALLERY: 2017 Modenas Karisma 125


GALLERY: 2017 Modenas Elegan 250
GALLERY: 2017 Kymco Downtown 250i