For the scooter market in Malaysia, Vespa has been, and still is, the scooter to have, due to its brand recognition and styling that many riders adore. However, the price point for Vespas has been out of reach for many, due to the machines being imported CBU from Italy.

However, there may be good news in the offing for Vespa fans, with the assembly of the 2017 Vespa GTS 300, along with the GTS 150 and GTS 125, in Vietnam. Intended for the Vietnam and Thailand markets, the GTS 150 and GTS 125 are equipped with an all new engine, the i-Get, which was developed based on feedback from Asian-region riders.

As for the GTS 300, it carries an Italian-built Quasar 300 engine, which is imported into Vietnam and mated to the locally-produced chassis. With the assembly of Vespa scooters in ASEAN, Malaysian distributor Naza Premira estimates that the price of the GTS 300 – currently retailing at approximately RM36,000 – will see a substantial price reduction, thanks to the ASEAN Free Trade Area agreement (AFTA).

According to Vespa Vietnam management, speaking to our colleague Hazril Hafiz of paultan.org’s Bahasa Malaysia section, there are currently no plans to export the Vietnam-assembled scooters to Malaysia, with current production targeted towards first Vietnam, then Thailand. These two countries are the biggest consumers of sub-250 cc scooters in the South-east Asia region.

However, it was said that depending on demand from the two markets, there is a likelihood the Vespa 300 GTS might make it to Malaysia as early as September. Hazril was given to understand the Vespa GTS 300 will be brought into Malaysia, followed by the GTS 150, and unlikely the GTS 125 will be imported.