Canadian Scooter Corp, the Canadian importer of Italian scooter icons such as Vespa and Piaggio, as well as motorcycle lines from Moto Guzzi and Aprilia has just announced that it will no longer be the distributor for the Piaggio brands.
Instead, the US-based Piaggio Group Americas Inc will be assuming management and distribution of the brand in Canada.
That may not seem to make that much of a dent in their line, until you realize that Piaggio owns Vespa, Moto Guzzi and Aprilia, leaving just Spanish scooter brand Derbi with Canadian Scooter Corp as well as a few store fronts.
According to Paolo Timoni, CEO of Piaggio Group Americas, they are currently preparing new agreements for the Canadian dealerships though they may not carry all of the existing dealers over. In the mean time they have assumed all warranty claims and parts distribution and hope to have the transfer finalized by the end of 2009.
Timoni also said that they were unlikely to have a legal entity in Canada, with Canadian operations happening through the US company (though we were assured that there will be a full press fleet in Canada for media testing).
Until a new customer care system is put in place Piaggio Group Americas asks customers to contact them directly at CanadaCare@piaggiogroupusa.com … oh and they also ask French speaking customers to be patient as French language support is developed and put in place.