The grounds of the historic Biltmore Estate served as a grand setting for KYMCO USA’s introduction of its 2010 two-wheel and four-wheel product lines. More than two dozen motorsports industry journalists attended the September 22-25 events.
Selected for its excellent combination of scenery and riding opportunities, the 8,000-acre estate in the North Carolina mountains is the historic home of George W. Vanderbilt with Biltmore House, the largest privately owned home in the country, as its centerpiece. Overnight accommodations and hospitality were provided by KYMCO USA at the nearby Grand Bohemian luxury hotel.
The journalists had access to nearly the company’s entire U.S. product line – and KYMCO USA will be offering 17 two-wheel models and 11 four-wheel models for 2010.
Completely new for the U.S. market are the Like 50, a scooter with vintage Euro styling, and the Maxxer 375 4×4, which blurs the line between sport and utility ATVs. KYMCO is also introducing new versions of existing models, including Limited Editions of the UXV 500 4×4, MXU 375 4×4 IRS and MXU 500 4×4 IRS.
For the Biltmore Estate event, KYMCO created separate schedules for journalists based on whether they review for two-wheel or four-wheel enthusiasts.
Activities held September 22-23 for the two-wheel journalists included scooter rides and photo/video opportunities on the Biltmore Estate grounds, as well as an afternoon ride along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Larger and mid-size models were used for the Parkway ride, while several of KYMCO’s popular 50cc scooter models were available for side-by-side comparison rides over a closed course on the grounds.
During their own two days in Asheville, September 24-25, editors reviewing KYMCO USA’s four-wheel lineup had access to 70+ miles of trails that make up the Biltmore’s own Land Rover Experience Driving School course. Winding through a largely agricultural part of the estate not typically open to guests, the course passes through vineyards, fords streams and provides steep descents, side-hill traverses and uphill climbs that offer views of nothing but sky.
In addition to the magazine reviewers, representatives of leading industry-insider and dealer publications also attended.
The complete KYMCO USA executive team was on hand to meet with the journalists, organize in test rides, and answer questions on the spot. KYMCO USA president and CEO Eric Bondy was available for one-on-one interviews, and at the introductory press conference, he introduced a special guest from the parent company KYMCO in Taiwan, Senior Vice President Mr. Kou-Chang Su, for his perspective.
For those attending, it was a unique opportunity to see KYMCO’s new models for 2010, as well as get a closer look and extended riding time on a representative sample of the company’s current lineup.
All-new for 2010 is the Like 50, featuring vintage euro styling with plenty of underseat storage, lockable glove box with 12v accessory plug and also comes standard with a color-matched top case. The 220-lb. machine features a 49cc two-stroke engine, seat height of 32.6 inches, 51.9-inch wheelbase, 1.8-gallon fuel tank and 12-inch front and rear tires.
At the Biltmore event, reviewers were even able to get advanced, non-embargoed access to certain 2011 models that are currently in homologation and scheduled for release in mid-2010. These included a 200i fuel-injected version of the Like scooter, a two-stroke version of the popular Super 8 50, and the Downtown 300i featuring an all-new 4-valve SOHC engine displacing 299cc.
2010 KYMCO Two-wheel Product Line (17 Models):
Quannon 150 motorcycle
Xciting 500 Ri ABS
Xciting 500 Ri
Xciting 250 Ri
People S 250
People S 200
Super 8 150
Super 8 50
KYMCO’s Expanding Four-Wheel Product Line
On the four-wheel side, the big news for 2010 is the Maxxer 375 IRS 4×4. A true cross-over sport-utility with independent rear suspension, the Maxxer is powered by an air-cooled 366.9cc SOHC engine delivering 26hp. Weighing in at 452 pounds, the Maxxer 375 is outfitted with KYMCO’s proven automatic CVT transmission, maintenance free sealed shaft final drive, shift on the fly 2WD and 4WD, independent dual A-arm suspension front and back, hydraulic dual discs in front with a single disc in back, and 12-inch alloy wheels helping achieve 10 inches of ground clearance.
The Maxxer 375 will be available in black, red, blue and white with special graphics package options designed to appeal mainly to female riders.
In a first, KYMCO USA has introduced 2010 LE (Limited Edition) models of the UXV 500 4×4, MXU 375 4×4 IRS and MXU 500 4×4 IRS. The MXU 500 and MXU 375 LE models come standard with a 2,500lb winch, KYMCO 12-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and KYMCO by KOLPIN rear contoured cargo box, gear grips and side-view mirror hand guards. The UXV 500 LE comes with a 3,000lb. winch, KYMCO 12-inch alloy wheels, KYMCO by Seizmik soft enclosure with full windshield, and KYMCO by KOLPIN gear rail package and gas pack. All three LE models feature a distinctive black-on-black color scheme.
KYMCO 2010 ATVs and UTVs (11 Models)
UXV 500 4×4 LE
UXV 500 4×4
MXU 500 IRS 4×4 LE
MXU 500 IRS 4×4
MXU 375 IRS 4×4 LE
MXU 375 IRS 4×4
MXU 300 Shaft Drive
MAXXER 375 IRS 4×4
MONGOOSE 90 R