October 10 2008.

The faltering UK economy has certainly not helped the sales of powered two wheelers this year, with overall registrations down by 2% on the same period last year (January to September). Yet despite these factors, Kymco sales has continued to increase with registrations up by 7% on the same period last year as at the end of September 2008.

This is the seventh year in a row that Kymco's two-wheel registrations have increased, but this year has been one of the most challenging since the market downturn in 2001 admits Ian Kidson, Managing Director at MASCO (the UK concessionaire for Kymco); "This year's statistics confirm that people are obviously very cautious about their spending, given the current economic climate, and the awful weather in July and August really didn't help either.

"However, on the positive side we have seen a marked increase in interest from new riders wanting economical everyday transportation, and this is where we have scored particularly well, specifically in the 125cc commuter scooter and motorcycle sectors. These new groups of discerning buyers want quality machines at an affordable price and the assurance that they are buying from a recognised brand that offers a two-year warranty and the support of a national dealer network," confirmed Ian.

This year-on-year success is also attributed to the continual investment in new product development and design, an increased awareness of the Kymco brand and an expanding UK dealer network.

Looking ahead to 2009, which will be the 10th year MASCO Ltd has represented the Taiwanese brand in the UK, Kymco is determined to continue its success by launching new commuter-type machines, maintaining its high quality standards and affordable prices, and by further expanding its UK dealer network.

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