KYMCO or Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd (Chinese: 光陽工業; pinyin: Guāng YŠng Gōng YŤ),
is a Taiwanese company that manufactures motor scooters, motorcycles, and
ATVs for worldwide distribution.
Founded in 1963 after splitting from Honda, KYMCO originally made parts for
Honda. The company built its first complete scooter in 1970 and began
marketing under the "KYMCO" brand name in 1992. In the 2000s, Kymco became
the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan, and the fifth largest scooter
and manufacturer worldwide. KYMCO's headquarters and factory are located in
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with about 3000 employees, and producing more than
570,000 vehicles per year. The company has production facilities in Jakarta,
Petaling Jaya, Shanghai, Changsha and Chengdu.
In early 2008, KYMCO was chosen by BMW to supply the engines for their G450
X Enduro bike. In late 2013, Kawasaki announced that their new J300 scooter
is manufactured in partnership with Kymco. It is based on a Kymco Downtown
KYMCO are also assembled
and sold under license in Argentina as "ISMA". In Australia KYMCO
scooters are branded as Bug and Zoot Scooters. The KYMCO slogan is
"Better Than Best".
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