KYMCO Headed for Larger Displacement Markets?

How long will it be until Taiwan's Kwang Yang uses its know-how to produce larger displacement KYMCO two-wheelers and ATVs? While company management says only "nothing is impossible," growing corporate profits, a hard-working research and development department and changing domestic market conditions could serve to beckon the manufacturer.

A trip to Kwang Yang headquarters in 2004 revealed a prototype 500cc scooter, which the company showcased atop its integrated motorcycle road test field — Taiwan's first, built by the OEM in 1991. That 500cc machine, dubbed the Xciting 500, became available in the U.S. in late 2006. On a return trip to Taiwan, also in 2006, Kwang Yang unveiled a prototype MXU 500 ATV and showed bench testing of a 700cc powerplant — which, like the 500 in the Xciting and MXU, likely will find its way into a vehicle sometime soon.

Primed On Partnerships
Did you know Kwang Yang produces 250cc ATVs for Arctic Cat and now supplies the 450cc powerplant for BMW's new G 450 X? Although developed by BMW, the 449cc single-cylinder DOHC four-stroke engine powering its new motocrosser is manufactured by KYMCO in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, then shipped to BMW's motorcycle production facility in Berlin.

"We and our partners developed a dedicated production line for this product that will deliver all of the processes and strict quality controls that have come to be expected from BMW," Peter M