Events during the period

In February 2013, Piaggio & C. decided to move the production of Derbi brand vehicles to Italy, in order to streamline its own production activities, and to gradually close the production facility in Martorelles, Spain and transfer the production carried out there to Italian sites.
Consequently, on 15 February 2013 Nacional Motor appealed against the "E.R.E.” procedure (Expediente de Regulacion de Empleo - Employment Regulations Plan) which became operative in March. The implementation of this plan involved leaving incentives for nearly all employees, based on agreements made with trade unions and signed in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In particular, the purpose of agreements made in July 2012 was to define the procedures and remuneration for employees if production activities stopped. The plan, shared with Government representatives and Trade Union Organisations, involved restructuring costs for the Group amounting to approximately €6 million. Based on IAS 37, these costs were recognised in 2013.
As from March 2013, the Spanish company Nacional Motor has consequently, permanently stopped all activities: the production of Derbi vehicles has been transferred to Italian sites, and nearly all employee contracts have been terminated.

9 April 2013 The Aprilia Caponord 1200, the road enduro bike boasting an exclusive, patented technological content, such as ADD, the semi-active suspension system that can automatically regulate calibration to road surface and driving style, was presented to the international press.

24 April 2013 The National Hospital for Pediatrics of Hanoi and the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù of Rome launched a partnership project to treat over 2,000 Vietnamese children from 0 to 18 years of age; the project was set up with the help of Piaggio Vietnam and is the first in a number of “Vespa for Children” social initiatives, recently announced by the Piaggio Group.

15 May 2013 The new Vespa 946, the most exclusive and technologically advanced scooter ever designed, can now be booked on the new site.

14 June 2013 Moody’s lowered Piaggio's rating from Ba2 to Ba3, giving it a stable outlook.

20 June 2013 The Piaggio Group unveiled the new Vespa VX in Bombay, which is produced in India at the Baramati plant, and announced an important programme to expand the Vespa range on the Indian market. Developed specifically for the Indian market, the Vespa VX has evolved from the Vespa LX and flanks the Vespa model currently sold in India; it features even greater comfort, new design elements and a new braking system with front disc brake. The new VX has a 3 valve, 4-stroke 125cc engine purposely developed by the Piaggio Group for the Indian two-wheeler market: the engine is particularly quiet and eco-friendly, with a considerable reduction in gaseous and sound emissions, and one of the world's lowest fuel consumptions - 60 km on one litre of petrol. The Piaggio Group's scooter range on the Indian market further expanded in 2013, with the new Vespa S going into production at Baramati. Piaggio Vehicles Private Ltd. (PVPL), the Indian subsidiary wholly owned by the Piaggio Group, also launched the Vespa 946, the stunning scooter that made its début in early June on all European markets.

27 June 2013 A Paris Court acknowledged Piaggio's copyright to the exterior forms of the Vespa, ordering the company responsible for making imitations to destroy all vehicles on display at the “Salon de Moto et du Scooter” in Paris, and to pay legal fees.

3 July 2013 The Group presented the new Ape Calessino 200, with new stylish shades and finishes, fitted with a new Piaggio 200cc, 4 stroke, single cylinder petrol engine, capable of 7.5 KW, with four gears (plus reverse), making the Ape Calessino possible to drive in Italy at 16 years with an A1 licence and at 18 years with a normal B licence.

5 July 2013 The fourth generation Piaggio Liberty made its début, with the new Piaggio 3V engine, available in 125 and 150cc versions. This 4-stroke, electronic injection engine, which is one of the most sophisticated of its kind worldwide, is air cooled and has a single overhead 3 valve cam (2 intake valves and 1 outlet valve); it was designed at the Piaggio Group's research and development centre. The 3 valve technology allows for even better torque and power values compared to previous generation engines and a drastic decrease in fuel consumption: the Liberty 3V 125 can travel at 59 km/l at a speed of 50 km/h, while the Liberty 3V 150 can reach 57 km/l in the same conditions. The seat is entirely new and riders of any height can rest both feet on the ground. The load capacity of the seat compartment has been increased by 23%, from 8.8 to 10.8 litres.

9 July 2013 In a survey conducted by CNN, the American television network and point of reference for information on a planetary level, for the 2013 World Industrial Design Day, the Vespa was included among the twelve best designs worldwide in the last 100 years.

19 July 2013 Piaggio received AEO-F (Authorised Economic Operator - Full) certification from the Customs' Authorities. Accreditation as an AEO means that Piaggio meets all administrative, financial and customs' requirements, as well as safety standards for the handling of goods to and from abroad, in line with EU regulations regarding relations between private entities and regulators of international trade.

20 October 2013 Aprilia won the Manufacturer's title in the 2013 World Superbike Championships, clocking up 5 victories in these championships over the last four years (2 rider's titles and 3 manufacturer's titles), and a total of 52 world titles in just over twenty years of operations.

5 November 2013 The ultra-new Vespa Primavera, produced at the Piaggio Group's Pontedera site and at the Vinh Phuc site in Vietnam was unveiled at EICMA, the Milan Motor Show. Featuring a radically new design, entirely new 100% steel body, new dimensions, and an agile yet even more stable and comfortable ride, the Vespa Primavera has been redesigned, with ultra-modern, environmentally friendly, 2- and 4-stroke 50cc, and 3 valve- 4-stroke 125cc and 150cc engines, embodying some of the style and technical solutions that feature on the Vespa 946, the most exclusive and technologically advanced model ever conceived in the history of the Vespa.

3 December 2013 The Piaggio Group won the “Transatlantic Award” of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, for its investment in establishing the company Advanced Design Center at Pasadena in California, a world centre of the Group for the development of new solutions for research projects into innovative materials and zero-emission propulsion systems that use alternative energies.