Scooter Sales Soar

June 1, 2008
As many of my regular readers know, I frequently appear on broadcast outlets around the world, from Chicago's mega-station WJR -- where I spent nearly an hour with host Jon Williams today -- to National Public Radio to the Voice of America. One of my favorite on-air roles is as a weekly commentator for Detroit's WJR, "the Voice of the Great Lakes." I'll be posting my WJR Auto Report in the blog each week. And you can go to the WJR.com website to hear it, as well.

Today's piece was triggered by a report I received indicating that even while motorcycle sales have plunged, motor scooters are hotter than hybrids, with sales up 23.6 percent since the beginning of the year.

Here's my WJR Auto Report:

Every year, as the weather warms up, I crave my old motorcycle. There’s something about spring that makes me – and millions of other folks - feel like getting back on a bike. And 2008, I promised myself, was the year I’d do it. Well, at least that was my intention. But I’m starting to think twice. Considering the current price of gas, I still like the idea of riding on two wheels, but the better solution, it seems, might be to go for a scooter. OK, you get some funny looks from the guys on the Harleys and pocket rockets. But brands like Vespa and Piaggio have a sort of retro-cool quality, and, better yet, there’s a real, practical value. Some of the smaller scooters can deliver as much as 75, even 80 miles to the gallon. Sure, you won’t go all that fast, and you can’t haul a week’s worth of groceries, but manufacturers have been adding practical features, including more storage space. And for day-to-day runs around town, scooters are hard to beat.

I’m TCC Team, of TheCarConnection.com, and that’s the WJR Auto Report.

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