It’s been a rush from conception to production for the new BMW maxi-scooters. Signaling their intent to expand into the “urban mobility” segment, BMW unveiled the Concept C scooter at the EICMA fair in Milan, Italy in November 2010. Just over a year later, the design was complete, an entirely new factory assembly line was created and the first production C600 Sport and C650GT scooters rolled off that assembly line on December 1, 2011 to great fanfare.
Andreas Muller, leader of the maxi-scooter project at the BMW factory in Berlin, said at the time, “We had about one year less time than all the other recent projects and the stakes were high. We developed a new engine for a new market segment with new customers, engaged new partners and developed an entirely new production phase for the factory.”
We’re now told from sources within BMW, delivery of the C600 Sport and C650GT to dealers will be delayed four weeks because of a “supplier problem.” The first scooters are now expected to be available starting in Europe in mid-April. Scooters should arrive in the United States this fall or early winter.
The exact nature of the supplier problem is unknown but issues with suppliers for a brand-new product are not uncommon and, given how quickly these scooters were created, issues here are perhaps not unexpected. It’s certainly better to identify and correct any issues before the product gets into customers hands even if it means a delay. We’ll continue to look into this supplier problem and bring you more information soon.
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