Fast Times learned this from two high-ranking ACC members at the October 22 launch of the BMW S 1000 XR at the Brotzeit German Bar and Restaurant at Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City.
ACC president Maricar Parco said the brand is hoping to capitalize on the growing Asian motorcycle market by bringing in smaller models of its BMW Motorrad line-up. If all goes well, she said the brand’s “scooters” may be introduced to the country in 2016.
Called “Urban Mobility Vehicles,” international markets have been getting BMW Motorrad’s Maxi-Scooter line or C-series since 2012. This is comprised of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT that are both powered by a 647-cc, straight-two, 8-valve engine producing 60 horsepower and 66 Newton-meter of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission, and the C evolution, which is powered by an electric motor producing 48 hp and 72 Nm of torque.
In addition, ACC Deputy Sales Director Gil Balderas said ACC may also bring in “smart-cc” or models below 400 cc in 2017. He said this segment in particular has been booming in Asia.
There is currently no model in the BMW Motorrad line-up, locally or internationally, in that engine size. ACC’s plan signifies that the German car and motorcycle manufacturer may be close to finishing testing and development on its “small-bike” models.
On April 2013, BMW Motorrad announced a tie-up with Indian motorcycle manufacturer TVS to develop sub-500-cc bikes. The latest development in this partnership is the K03, reportedly powered by a single-cylinder engine completely engineered by BMW, which was spied this year undergoing testing in Germany.