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It's a First For Piaggio At British International Motor Show

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LONDON – July 15, 2008: Later this month, Piaggio Commercial Vehicles will be exhibiting at the British International Motor Show for the first time since importing the Piaggio Porter range into the UK. Piaggio Commercial Vehicles will form part of What Van? Live and will be displaying a selection of vehicles from the highly versatile Porter range including petrol, 4x4 and electric.

Piaggio Commercial Vehicles will have a Porter Tipper on display from the standard petrol range. The Porter Tipper is particularly impressive as it is the only factory built tipper available within its sector. The Porter petrol range is extremely affordable with prices starting from just £6495* for a Panel Van or Pick Up.

A Porter 4x4 Panel Van will be on the Piaggio Commercial Vehicles stand for the public to see during the show. The 4x4 range represents fantastic value for money as it boasts all the benefits of a microvan but possesses capabilities that you may not expect from such a light, compact vehicle. Porter 4x4 is the ideal choice for travelling in restricted spaces, delivering to rural areas and manoeuvring in rough terrain as the enhanced traction of the Porter 4x4 is controlled by its permanent all-wheel drive system.

A member of the Porter electric range will be available to view; the zero emission electric MPV. The Porter electric range is not only environmentally friendly but provides a money saving solution, particularly ideal for businesses operating small fleets of vehicles in busy cities. Running costs are minimal as no road fund licence applies to the Porter electric range and it is also conveniently exempt from congestion charging. The Porter electric has a range of approximately 80 miles** between charges and can be charged for 8 hours through a 13 amp socket or for 2 hours by 3 phase supply for a faster charge.

Piaggio Commercial Vehicles will also be displaying Piaggio Truk which made its first appearance at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April this year. Piaggio Truk, which is due to be launched later on this year, has an economical 500cc diesel engine and the retail price is anticipated to be lower than the existing Porter range. Piaggio Truk will be an exciting new addition for Piaggio Commercial Vehicles as it will provide customers with a diesel option that has increased payload and lower kerb weight in comparison to the existing Porter range.

Currently, the Porter range is available in 6 different body types; Panel Van, MPV, Pick Up, Big Deck, Tipper and Chassis Cab, to which virtually anything can be added. With payload capacities ranging from 560kg for the Panel Van to 685kg for the Big Deck, there is a vehicle to suit every business need. The Porter range has been awarded What Van? Best Microvan for four consecutive years now and continues to astound the What Van? judges.

For another chance to see the Piaggio Truk and to view the other vehicles available in the diverse Porter range, why not visit Piaggio Commercial Vehicles at the British International Motor Show between 23rd July and 3rd August.