Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd (PVPL) launched the first of its kind 300cc powered vehicles called the Ape’ HT Range in both Petrol and CNG fuel options. The new launches are available in both the cargo and passenger segments. The Ape’ HT Range includes the Petrol cargo – Ape’ Xtra HT for Rs 2.24 lakh ex-showroom, CNG cargo – Ape’ Xtra HT LDX and Ape’ Xtra HT LDX+ for Rs 2.45 lakh ex-showroom and the CNG passenger – Ape’ Auto HT DX, Ape’ Auto HT DXL and Ape’ Auto+ HT for Rs 2.55 lakh ex-showroom. The Ape HT is powered by a 300cc water-cooled engine and the company claims comfortable driving experience with low noise and vibration.

Piaggio is the only manufacturer to offer a petrol variant in the 3Wh cargo segment. The vehicles are equipped with a new aluminium clutch which offers a comfortable driving experience and a long life of 30,000 KM. The cargo range is available in 3 variants with 5.0 ft, 5.5 ft and 6.0 ft deck length options for varied load requirements and usages. Ape’ HT range comes with a warranty of 5 years/1.5 lac km (whichever is earlier) in the Petrol cargo and 36 months/1 lac km (whichever is earlier) in the CNG passenger and cargo variants. The company is also providing a Special AMC package that includes six free periodic maintenance services.

Diego Graffi, Chairman & MD, Piaggio India Pvt. Ltd. said, “At Piaggio, we believe in providing path breaking solutions in the last mile transportation segment with best in class technology offerings to our customers. The new 300 cc Engine is developed in India with technology support from Piaggio Italy. The engine is being manufactured in India in a new state of art of assembly line. This product is a resultant of a robust new product development process that we follow at Piaggio based on consumer insights at the conceptualization stage. With the launch of this HT range we aim to further strengthen our position in the alternate fuel segment space.

Saju Nair, EVP and Head of Commercial Vehicle Business, Piaggio India Pvt Ltd. said, “This is the 1st time that any player has launched a bigger capacity engine in the Alternate fuel segment space in the 3 wheeler industry.  We understood from our customers that there is a need of a higher power & performance engine in the alternate fuel space which will help take higher loads doing more no. of trips per day. The Higher torque & gradability enables customers to take on flyovers which was always a concern with earlier alternate fuel engines. The best part about this new engine is its low noise & vibration which makes it very smooth in while running. We have also taken care of the after sales needs of the customer by offering a complete package of class leading warranty and Annual service package in both the petrol & CNG range of products. We certainly believe that with the CNG network increasing in many cities in India the HT range will help us deliver that extra value to the customer which he is looking for in a new CNG Product to increase his earnings by lowering his expenses.”

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