The Piaggio Ape, is a three-wheeled light commercial vehicle, manufactured and marketed by Piaggio as an adaption of the company’s Vespa scooter — in continuous production since its 1948 introduction and offered in numerous body configurations to serve a wide range of utilitarian functions. Initially marketed as the VespaCar or TriVespa, Piaggio subsequently marketed the utility vehicle as the Ape — derived from the Italian for bee; its scooter marketed as the Vespa, meaning wasp. After World War II, Italians could ill afford personal transportation. In 1947, aircraft designer, Corradino D’Ascanio & industrialist Enrico Piaggio, conceived a light and simple three-wheeled commercial vehicle, which found favour with Piaggio. Most Apes are produced in India by Piaggio India. In India, the Ape is most commonly found in the form of an autorickshaw. A relatively small number of Apes were still made in Italy, but on 16 October 2013, Piaggio announced that Italian production of the Ape would end and construction would move entirely to India.

CNG: 230 cc, 1 cylinder, BS6, Forced-air cooled 4S engine, 9.59 HP power, 16.54 Nm torque, 56 kmph top speed, 40 kmpl average, 40 litre CNG tank, 2.8 litre petrol fuel tank, 4-speed manual transmission, 492 kg kerb weight

Diesel: 599 cc, 1 cylinder, BS6, Naturally aspirated, Water cooled, Direct injection, Electronic fuel injection engine, 9.4 HP power, 23.5 Nm torque, 60 kmph top speed, 30 kmpl average, 10.5 litre fuel tank, 5-speed manual transmission, 479 kg kerb weight

5 Variants: Xtra LDX CNG, Xtra LDX LPG, Xtra LDX Diesel, Xtra LDX+ CNG, Xtra LDX+ Diesel

1 Upholstery: Black vinyl

1 Wheel: 8 inch steel

6 Colours: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Brown, White

Price range: Rs. 2.90 lakh – Rs. 3.25 lakh (On-road, Delhi)

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