125cc Karisma launched

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Modenas, the national motorcycle manufacturer has launched the first national scooter, the Karisma

The four-stroke 125cc Karisma is so named by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. It has a top speed of 105kph, took nine months to develop and has a design that is said to be friendly to both man and woman riders. 

Costing under RM5,000, the Karisma is jointly developed by Modenas and Motive Power Ltd Industries (MPI) a Taiwanese manufacturer that produces PGO scooters and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Japan. 

It has dual tone seats designed to reduce slip while riding and comes with a large headlamp for better night visibility. Safety features include rear hand grips and a second brake light. 

Other features include oil change indicator, storage compartment and sport rims as a standard feature. 

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched the scooter at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.  

Muhyiddin later told reporters that his ministry's enforcement unit was planning a nationwide crackdown on imitation vehicle spare parts. 

He said among the latest manufacturers to complain about imitation parts being packaged and sold as original was Modenas.  

Related Story:Modenas set to ride high with Karisma 

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