More Canadians Discover Scooter's Convenience

Scooter sales in Canada have been booming recently, with nearly 10,000 new scooters sold last year, an increase from about 6,500 in 2004.

Published: 05-Jun-2007

Iconic Italian images usually include women dressed in Gucci and heels zooming down cobblestone streets on their stylish scooters.

But that much-romanticized vision is now gaining speed in the Great White North.

Albeit, without the cobblestones. Or the Gucci.

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It's not an electric vehicle, but it does get great fuel economy and '200 smiles to the gallon'.

While the average U.S. passenger car chugs gas at a rate of 22.4 miles per gallon, two-wheelers average about 50. So it shouldn't come as too huge a surprise that sales are up for the lightest drinkers: scooters -- by about 17 percent in 2005. Pictured is Vespa GST250.

Scooter uses Direct Methanol Fuel Cell for energy source.

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