While some companies announce their new products in one fell swoop, informing dealers and customers via a big announcement event and a press blitz, Genuine Scooters has a history of playing it close to their chest, leaking bits and pieces here and there, letting the rumor mill grind away before officially unveiling new product. Though the practice has drawbacks — disappointment when a rumored product such as the Genuine touring scooter doesn’t appear — it engages their devoted owners base. Long before the advent of social media, Geniune was using the scooter faithful to spread the word about their products. This also means that until the “official” reveals, a lot of rumor gets mixed in with the reality of what’s to come.
There’s already plenty of information on the 2014 Genuines, some definite, some very reliable and some not-quite-fully verified. What is certain is that Genuine will have two new models coming in 2014, the Stella Automatic 125cc and the Hooligan 170i. There will also be new colors available for the ever-popular Buddys.
Stella Automatic Reality: The Stella Automatic is currently available overseas as the LML Star Automatica. It’s similar to the Stella 4T 150, only with an automatic “twist and go” CVT transmission. The Star Automatic has a left-handle operated rear brake instead of a foot pedal and a clutch on the left handle. The Stella Auto will be similarly configured. The spare tire will be stored under the right, rather than traditional left, cowl. Colors will be candy apple red, electric blue and ivory. The Stella Auto will be priced at $3,499.00 — less than the manual Stella 4T. Some dealers are already taking pre-orders on the model.
The Stella 4T manual will remain available for the foreseeable future but is likely to be discontinued should LML stop manufacturing it or should demand dwindle once the automatic is available.
Stella Rumors: Tentative on sale date is January 2014. The official full name of the model is still TBA; we don’t know if it will be “auto,” “automatica,” or “automatic” or if it will carry the “4T” designation. If the Genuine version comes with a kickstarter, it will be a fold-out on the left side of the scoot. We’ve also heard that despite slightly lower displacement, the Stella Automatics perform as well — or better — than the 4T 150s.
Hooligan Reality: The Hooligan 170i is a combination of two similar PGO models (X-Hot and Libra) with numerous US-only features such as the engine from a Buddy 170i. It will be a performance-focused model with 12” wheels, alloy rims, dual shocks and disc brakes at both ends, and a big wave disc on the front. The seat is longer than the Buddy’s, with more storage space underneath thanks to the gas tank’s placement under the floorboard. Two colors are confirmed, matte black and matte olive green. Genuine’s dealer solicitation for the model claims a top speed of “60+ MPH” and an EPA-estimated 100MPG.
Hooligan Rumors: The Hooligan is due spring 2014, likely March or April. We’re not sure if it will sport the X-Hot or Libra dash, but both have an analog/LCD combination that includes a tachometer — a first for an automatic Genuine. There’s been scuttlebutt about a number of other differences from the PGOs and US Buddys, including gearing and the fuel injection system. It’s also been rumored that the model will have HID headlights.
Genuine dealer Scooterworks Chicago posted a photo of the Hooligan to their Facebook page last week. While definitely not the overseas version of the X-Hot, it may be a pre-production Hooligan imported for testing (meaning not the final components and trim). Some of the body styling is picked up from the PGO Libra — the solid, heavier grab bar than the X-Hot’s, the streamlined rear panels, the smoother front fender that wraps around the sides of the front forks. The DOT-compliant turn signals under the handlebars appear to be LEDs. There are fold-out passenger footpegs, which don’t appear on either PGO model. The rear turn signals are mounted on long stalks. Those signals may be one likely change in the production version; we may get something similar to what’s on the Libra.
The Hooligan may make some pre-sale appearances at motorcycle and trade shows this winter. The price should be $3299.00, though an early dealer solicitation stated $3399.00.
Buddy Reality: A new blue and white “Brit”-themed color scheme will be available for the Buddy 170i and 50cc International editions, joining the returning Italia and Pamplona two-tone models. A version of this was shown at Amerivespa San Diego, but the final colors and other details may have changed. The Buddy 125 will be available in a new blue color as well.
Buddy Rumors: The new Buddy colors should be landing sometime between the Stella Automatic and Hooligan. We expect the graphics to be different from those shown in the photo above.
ScooterFile will, of course, report on any official info and details of these new models when Genuine makes it available. We will also be reviewing the Hooligan 170i and Stella Automatic 125 in depth as soon as we can get our hands on them.