Scooter sales continue to rise in the UK, up 20% during the first four months of the year compared to the same period in 2010. Increased fuel costs and insurance premiums have had a significant impact on demand for new cars ( UK registrations fell for the tenth month in a row in April, down 7% on the same month last year) and motorists are turning to scooters as a cost effective alternative.
British commuters travel on average 8.7 miles each day, a distance for which small capacity scooters are well suited. Peugeot have topped the sales charts for 50cc machines for three out of four months in 2011 and their new Vivacity Sportline will appeal to people looking for a light and nimble two-wheeler with a responsive engine and class-leading luggage capacity.
At just 690mm wide (2 feet 3 inches), the Vivacity can filter through city traffic with ease and squeeze into the tightest parking spots. Its low seat height (790mm) and generous leg room make it comfortable for riders of all sizes. Powered by a clean modern 2-stroke engine the Vivacity is nippy around town, while its stylish 12” alloy wheels with sports profile tyres provide sure-footed handling and the large dual piston caliper front disc brake delivers reassuring stopping power.
Under the seat is a generous 22-litre storage bay and, unique to Peugeot, there is an additional 13-litre compartment in the front too. Peugeot thoughtfully included a 12v power output for charging accessories on the move.
Delivering excellent fuel economy, unaffected by traffic jams and benefiting from free parking, scooters are a cost-effective solution to urban mobility.