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In First Scooter Test Since 1981, Consumer Reports Gives KYMCO People 150 Highest Rating

Kymco People 150 Scooter

Kymco's People 150 Scooter

Spartanburg, SC (2/14/2009) - Last year when gas prices surged, the public's interest in economical two-wheeled transportation surged, too. That increased popularity has inspired the product reviewers at Consumer Reports to test scooters and entry-level motorcycles for the first time in nearly three decades.

When the experts at the magazine's Auto Test Center were finished, they rated the KYMCO People 150 and Vespa's LX 150 as best in their class. What Consumer Reports may have missed in their reporting is that, with an MSRP of only $2,799, the People 150 sells for about $1,600 dollars less than the Vespa - while delivering an estimated 84 mpg on the road.

"You can buy a lot of gas for $1,600," said Rick Pawelka, Director of Marketing for KYMCO USA. "It's fair to say that the People is certainly the better value of the two scooters."

The People 150 is even more attractive because it combines value with great engineering. Consumer Reports declared KYMCO the winner in performance and stability, writing, "With its big 16-inch wheels, the KYMCO offered superior stability and off-the-line acceleration."

Classic styling and a fuel-efficient 152cc 4-stroke SOHC engine have made People 150 a people pleaser since its introduction. It is an excellent choice for inner city transportation or getting across a college campus. With 16" wheels and front disc brakes the People 150 offers great handling and stability. Its comfortable seat accommodates an adult rider and a passenger with plenty of underseat storage.

Consumer Reports subjected the eight scooters and motorcycles they reviewed to an extensive sequence of standardized tests to determine their performance in categories such as acceleration, braking, fuel economy, noise/vibration, top speed and comfort. To evaluate ride, the staff designed a new 5.2 mile testing route, including stops and starts on hills and a variety of tight turns. New testing procedures were also added to accurately evaluate the machines' responses to common urban riding situations, such as the ability to quickly and safely accelerate through an intersection.

The full report on motorcycles and scooters is available in the March 2009 issue of Consumer Reports, on sale February 3 and online at

About Consumer Reports:
With more than 7 million print and online subscribers, Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. It conducts the most comprehensive auto-test program of any U.S. publication or Web site; the magazine's auto experts have decades of experience in driving, testing, and reporting on cars. Information and articles from the magazine can be accessed online at

KYMCO's roots in the motorsports industry go back to its founding in 1963, as the Kwang Yang Motor Company, Ltd., with headquarters in Taiwan. Long a leader in quality, fuel economy, and versatility, today KYMCO manufactures motor scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs at five plants in Asia, including the main facility in the city of Kaohsiung.
KYMCO is the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan, and currently exports to 74 countries worldwide. All KYMCO plants use the latest technology for the engineering and production of reliable engine, chassis, and other components. Since 2004, KYMCO has been officially accredited for ISO-9001 quality in manufacturing; KYMCO is committed to maximum customer satisfaction and constant innovation, making use of the most advanced CAD/CAE tools to bring superior engineering and design to their products.
The company's partner in the United States is KYMCO USA, with headquarters, marketing, and distribution centered in Spartanburg, South Carolina. KYMCO USA is dedicated to building the brand's reputation and market share through superior value, frequent new product introductions, strategic industry partnerships, and excellence in dealer network support. KYMCO USA has a reputation and expertise gained through over 30 years in the U.S. powersports industry.

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