Kymco set to excite the scooter market in Europe with the introduction of an all-new KRV200. 

  • the KRV200 offers similar premium features like the AK550. 
  • Powering the small-capacity scooter is a 175cc single-cylinder engine making 17hp. 

Despite it’s smaller size in comparison to its bigger sibling particularly the AK550, the KRV200 carries similar premium features and modern styling but with a more approachable and affordable package. 

Firstly, the KRV200 features LED front and rear light that are shaped similar to a bigger maxi-scooter. Suspending the scooter is a combination of telescopic fork at the front with 33mm of travel and a monoshock with 42mm of travel. 

Meanwhile, stopping power is provided a 270mm single disc at the front with 234mm single disc at the rear. Kymco also added dual-channel ABS as standard. 

Also, the KRV200 is shod with tubeless 13-inch tyre at the front and rear and a switchable traction control function as standard. 

Powering the Kymco KRV200 is a 175cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve engine that pumps out 17hp @ 8,000rpm and 15.6Nm. Kymco claimed that the KRV200 can hit a max speed of 107km/h, which is not that fast according to Malaysian standard. 

Other notable features include:

  • 7.4L fuel tank
  • LCD digital instrument cluster
  • USB charging socket
  • ample under-seat storage
  • bag hook

The Kymco KRV200 is priced at EUR4,890 or about RM24k given today’s exchange rates. 


Yamaha released an all-new scooter specific to the Taiwanese market called the Augur. 

  • Yamaha Augur is the latest compact scooter to be made available in Taiwan. 
  • Features the tried-and-test Yamaha’s 155cc single-cylinder engine with VVA. 

At a glance, the 155cc scooter is the most futuristic-looking model manufactured by the Japanese manufacturer in recent years. 

Interestingly, the Augur 155 also packs some tasty features, including a 4.3-inch TFT instrument display with smartphone connectivity, traction control and ABS. 

However, the centrepiece has to be its radical design, highlighted by its angular section, creating a never-before-seen aesthetic.

At the front, the Augur gets an arrow shape headlamp that also features the nifty Y-LLA (Yamaha Lean Light Assist) or cornering lights. 

What’s more extraordinary is that the user can change the LED headlight colour from bright white to warm white depending on weather conditions.

Despite the modern touch, Yamaha still retains the typical scooter functionality, including a wide saddle for comfortable riding, a flat floorboard and ample under-seat storage.

Powering the Augur is the same 155cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, and fuel-injected engine found in the NMax 155 and NVX 155.

Imagine having a scooter which you will never have to refuel again. All it asks is that you recharge it whenever needed, and will get you where ever you want in an urban setting.

We are talking about the new Kymco Like 125 EV.

With a near retro design, the Like 125 EV is capable of giving you a range of 199km on a single charge. It is powered by a 3,200 watt motor that gives the rider around 4.3 horsepower.

It has 27-litres of underseat storage, which is enough to store three batteries, which when combined, gives the 125 EV its spectacular range.

The batteries are from Kymco’s own Ionex battery technology, which the company claims needs just one hour to charge.

And if you wondering about battery fade, Kymco says each battery will be able to be charged roughly 1000 times over its lifetime.

What is the Ionex Battery?

Kymco introduced the Ionex as a response to Gogoro’s electric scooters complete domination of the Taiwanese market.

According to The Taipei Times in March of 2021, Gogoro sold 345,190 electric scooters as compared to Kymco’s 19,215.

This prompted Kymco’s president to announce that the Ionex will be a spin off brand to Kymco, much like Ducati’s Scrambler.

In Taiwan, the brand is known simply as Ionex, but around the world, it is known as Kymco Ionex.

One of the key factors to the success of both Gogoro and Ionex is the use of swappable battery stations. This is perfect to counter range anxiety, and is ideal for delivery riders who can simply walk in, swap batteries and get on their way again.

And so Ionex too has been rolling out swappable battery stations of its own, and plans to have 4,000 stations around Taiwan by the end of 2022.

To ensure it meets its target, Ionex has partnerships with four major local companies: President Chain Store, Chunghwa Telecom, Fubon Insurance, and Carrefour Taiwan.

All four existing companies have multiple locations around Taiwan, and provide the ideal location for Ionex swap stations to be built.

Back to the Kymco Like 125 EV

And it is this model that will ensure the success of the Kymco Like 125 EV, in Taiwan at least. But around the world, its good looks and feature packed body will increase its appeal.

The Like 125 EV weighs in at just 94 kilograms, and is able to connect to smartphones via an application to access information such as speed and battery levels. The display is of course fully digital.

As for its price, the Kymco Like 125 EV costs about 1,200 Euros, which is less than RM6,000, making it the perfect solution to urban mobility.

It is unlike that this model will be introduced in Malaysia since the charging infrastructure is still in its infancy, but for our readers based elsewhere – this is quite a good solution to electric urban mobility.

More information here. 

Industri otomotif sedunia telah menghadapi krisis kekurangan bekalan semikonduktor selama lebih kurang setahun, memberi impak kepada pengeluaran kenderaan terutamanya sejak permintaan makin bertambah.

Meskipun begitu, seorang ahli ekonomi meramalkan krisis ini akan sampai ke penghujungnya tak lama lagi.

Menurut Reuters, ketua ekonomi ING Greater China Iris Pang berkata China mungkin akan mengambil alih sedikit bebanan permintaan pengeluaran dari Taiwan, di mana pengeluaran kilang dan operasi pelabuhan telah dilanda ‘blackout’ dan langkah-langkah penjarakan sosial akibat pandemik Covid-19.

Oleh sebab itu, syarikat semikonduktor Taiwan juga telah meningkatkan pengeluaran di China.

“Produk domestik kasar (GDP) telah naik lima peratus sejak berlakunya kekurangan bekalan semikonduktor itu – syarikat semikonduktor Taiwan telah merancang dengan bagus dan membina kilang besar di China.

“Syarikat semikonduktor Taiwan sedang menyesuaikan pembuatan cip utk kenderaan, oleh itu masalah kekurangan cip untuk sektor otomotif mungkin boleh selesai dalam masa beberapa minggu, tetapi masalah kekurangan bekalan cip untuk barangan elektronik lain mungkin akan berterusan,” kata Pang.

Pang juga berkata kekurangan bekalan ini akan menjejaskan pengeluaran telefon pintar pula, melambatkan penghantaran model baru.

Anggaran Pang untuk industri otomotif sangat optimis, memandangkan pelbagai pihak lain menjangkakan masalah bekalan ini akan berterusan sehingga 2022.

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