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These are in-depth pre- and post-show reports on major international trade fairs, held in Taiwan and other countries with significant participation by Taiwanese manufacturers and exporters. They are offered to help global buyers and other readers better understand what is going on at the fairs and the latest offerings by Taiwanese exhibitors.

Gogoro Smartscooter, a high-performance, battery swappable, smart e-vehicle to run on the Gogoro Energy Network, on sale in Taiwan since July. (photo from Gogoro)

Gogoro Smartscooter's 1st-month Delivery in Taiwan Hardly Electrifying

Consumer-unfriendly pricing is the main cause to the disappointing result

Aug 23, 2015

It seems that Taiwanese motor scooter buyers are not sufficiently moved by the slick styling nor envision the same eco-friendly personal transport landscape as the maker of the electric Gogoro Smartscooter, whose delivery totaled only 36 units in July on the island, representing only a 6 percent market share in Taiwan, far less than that registered by the long-term No. 1 e-scooter vendor CMC, whi...

SYM, No. 3 PTW vendor in Taiwan, launches its Maxsym 600i maxi-scooter in Taiwan coupled with many incentives to show determination to win solid foothold in domestic big-displacement scooter market. (photo from SYM).

Taiwanese PTW Vendors Compete to Ride Wave of Big-displacement Bikes in Domestic Market

Aug 05, 2015

Times have changed since the 1980s before which few large-displacement powered two-wheelers (PTWs) were seen in Taiwan. Sales of both motorcycles and motor scooters have clearly grown in the past one to two years, to have drawn most major international and local vendors into the expanding segment. Despite the big-displacement bike market mostly dominated by foreign brands as Suzuki, Yamaha, Ha...

The new KYMCO VJR 125 boosts market share of the long-term No. 1 PTW vendor in Taiwan in June. (photo from KYMCO)

Sales of New PTWs in Taiwan Hit 30-month High in June

Jul 20, 2015

As result of major vendors' successful efforts in lowering inventory level at their distributors, sales of new powered two-wheelers (PTWs) in Taiwan continued a recovering trend in June by increasing 9.99 percent in June from a year earlier, or year-on-year (YoY), and 6.6 percent from the previous month, or month-on-month (MoM), to 70,743 units (55,346 units sold in May), according to statistics ...

Many high-end motorcycle models now equipped with ABS, which will be required on all 125-plus cc scooters sold in Taiwan from 2009. (Photo from Bosch Motorcycle)

ABS Required on New PTWs Sold in Taiwan from 2019

Jul 01, 2015

The Taiwanese government's recent announcement to require all new motorcycles and scooters produced sold on the island from 2019 to be equipped with either an anti-lock brake system (ABS) or combined brake system (CBS) is expected to raise a tsunami in Taiwan's powered two-wheeler (PTW) industry, some industry experts forecast. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) recen...

Smartscooter, a high-performance, battery swappable, smart electric vehicle to run on the Gogoro Energy Network, will be sold in Taiwan from late July. (photo from Gogoro)

Gogoro to Start Vending Electric Smartscooter in Taiwan Late July

Jun 23, 2015

Gogoro of Taiwan has a website that promises grand visions of changing the world by developing technologies to enable energy usage via Big Data and smart technologies, but is mainly promoting its Smartscooter, a registered trademark. The innovative technology company recently announced to begin delivery of the first batch of electric Gogoro Smartscooter in late July in Taiwan. In January 2...

Shinji Takeda (center) has been president of Yamaha Taiwan since late 2014 and has kicked off intensive marketing activities to expand Yamaha's market share in Taiwan.

Yamaha Taiwan Launches Crossroad-like BM'S R Scooter to Drive Sales in Summer

Catering to local younger riders proves to be a savvy marketing strategy by the motorbike brand

Jun 22, 2015

Yamaha Motor Taiwan Co., subsidiary of Yamaha Japan and the No. 2 powered two-wheeler (PTW) vendor on the island by sales volume, recently announced its restyled or remodeled scooter, BM'S R, which is designed to further raise sales in the summer-vacation season. Yamaha gained the No. 2 position from the long-term rival Sanyang Motor Co., Ltd. (SYM brand and formerly Sanyang Industry Co., ...

Rising sales of SYM's Mii 110 scooter is the momentum behind the vendor in the domestic market. (photo from SYM)

Sales of New PTWs in Taiwan Up 6.8% YoY in May

Jun 10, 2015

Driven by increased shipments of Taiwanese major vendors' new models, sales of new powered two-wheelers (PTWs) on the island rebounded by 6.8 percent in May from a year earlier, or year-on-year (YoY), and 6.6 percent from the previous month, or month-on-month (MoM), to 55,346 units, according to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC). Many vendors are also...

Cumulative powered-two and three-wheeler registrations in E.U. (January-March, 2015;source: ACEM)

PTW Registrations in EU Down Modest 0.2% YoY in Jan.-March: ACEM

May 06, 2015

Some 250,080 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first three months of 2015 in the European Union (EU), down a modest 0.2 percent compared to the 250,460 units registered during the same period of 2014, according to the Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers in Europe or ACEM. Registrations grew in Spain (27,920 units, up 18.11 percent year-on-year or YoY), the UK (2...

A popular e-scooter made by CMC, the No. 1 e-scooter vendor and exporter in Taiwan. (Source: CMC)

P.M. Mao Pays Visit to Local E-scooter Makers CMC, Gogoro

Apr 30, 2015

Premier Mao Chi-Kuo recently led a group of ranking government officials to visit China Motor Corp. (CMC) and Gogoro Inc., two major electric-scooter (e-scooter) makers in Taiwan, to encourage the development of the domestic electric vehicle (EV) industry. CMC, an affiliate of domestic Yulon Group and the local assembler of Mitsubishi cars, is the largest maker of e-scooters in Taiwan, account...

A KYMCO scooter by the No. 1 PTW vendor in Taiwan for the past 15 years straight. (photo from KYMCO)

KYMCO Aims to Ship 535,000 PTWs Globally in 2015: Chairman Ko

Apr 24, 2015

Allen Ko, having taken the helm as chairman of Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd. (KYMCO) in late 2014, recently said the motor scooter maker aims to ship 534,700 powered two-wheelers (PTWs) and other types of vehicles in 2015, with its overseas subsidiaries, such as Changzhou Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd. in China and KYMCO Vietnam Co., Ltd., expected to hit record revenues. KYMCO in 2014 took the N...