More grist from the rumour mill, this time in the form of famed Italian scooter brand Lambretta. From sources close to the local motorcycle industry, it was related to a Malaysian motorcycle distributor is currently in talks with the Milan, Italy based firm to pick up distribution rights.

However, investigation into the matter indicated discussions are still at a very early stage, and “nothing has been confirmed as yet.” This could mean that matters are, indeed, at an early stage, or could the Malaysia market be seeing a premium scooter brand to rival Vespa coming in sooner than we think?

Other sources at government level have lent credence to the rumour, saying that such discussions have taken place and it is now a matter of formality. It remains to be seen if there is place in the market for another scooter brand, despite sales of large displacement motorcycles in Malaysia having taken a slight dip across the previous fiscal year.

The small displacement motorcycle and scooter segment remains buoyant according to industry sources, with 434,850 units of all types sold in 2017. This is an increase of 10% over the previous year’s total of 396,343 units, according to figures published by The Edge Markets.

Lambretta started producing scooters in 1947, beginning with the A Model, or 125M, which was sold only in Italy in the post-war period. It’s heyday began in the 1950s, with the production of series of 125 cc scooters and three-wheelers for commercial use.

There are three models in Lambretta’s current catalogue – the V50, the V125 and V200 – with the sub-model variants being the Special and Special Flex. The V125 comes with a 124.7 cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, while the V200 carries the same mill but displacing 168.9 cc.