The Puch-Suzuki Adventure

Puch and Suzuki had a great cooperation together in the European mopedmarket.

While many did not know, the market for Southern Europe was completely different than that of North- and West-Europe. Demands from customers were different, competition was different, distances to travel were different.

It was the time when Japanese manufacturers came to Europe and flooded the markets with cheap, luxury and modern-looking models. Some of them succeeded, while others failed. But the Europeans couldn't compete against such agressive marketing and cheap prices. Among others, Zündapp and Kreidler went broke and out of business in Germany. Suzuki was a player that sought cooperation and Puch saw chances to provide such service. The joint-venture was set up and the Avello factory was build in Gijon- Spain, which would be the largest market in Europe for those models.

Now we thínk we all know what a Puch Maxi looks like, right? Think again:

         

The Spanish Puch Maxi was the first coop model. A Japanese design, build with the Puch Vario M101 automatic engine. Cheap, luxurious and it profitted both companies. Now that Puch was succesfully introduced in Spain, it could also make a similar, but improved, model. No less than the Porsche Studios (again) were asked to modernise it, while Puch would redevelop the engine itself. The result we al know: The Puch Maxi Plus.

This did not work: just as we in North-Europe see the Austrian Maxi as "the original", the Spanish saw their version as the original one. Only seems logical. The Maxi-Plus did very well in South Africa and America, and when it was sold off in 1987, it excelled in sales in India. But Puch-Suzuki had more in common in development. Another one of those collaboration models is the CP50. Again, Japanese design, fitted with an Austrian engine. In the rest of Europe, Suzuki had moderate success with the CP50. Puch's own Lido also did average. But, redesigned as the Puch-Suzuki Lido Vario more people were drawn to the (for that era) modern design and responsive engine.

         

 

And of course the off-road (cross) mopeds also was a joint-venture in production. Puch-Suzuki did excellent in regional sales and was on top of the local market, right until 1988, one year after the sales of Steyr-Daimler-Puch, when all items had to be sold out. The Puch-Suzuki adventure was great for both manufacturers, but too small to play an important part in a very competitive market, and so that road ended. But with success, enhancing the legacy of Puch.


Models produced by the Avello factory:

1970:
- Trivel Borrasca

1971:
- Trivel Borrasca
- Trivel Borrasca Super
- Trivel Plus Terral

1972:
- Carabela Deluxe
- Coronado
- MiniCross (MC50)

1973:
- Dakota (MC50-X)
- MiniCross

1974:
- Carabela Deluxe
- Carabela Super
- Carabela Especial

1975:
- Cobra (75MC)
- X-30

1976:
- Carabela- MiniCross
- MiniCross Super
- Gacela
- Borrasca

1977:
- X-30
- Carabela
- Gacela
- Borrasca
- MiniCross 50
- MiniCross Super
- Cobra 75 MC

1978:
- Carabela
- Gacela
- Borrasco
- X-20
- Cobra MC Professional

1979:
- Cobra 50 GTL
- Magnum MK II
- X-30 Cross
- MiniCross
- MiniCross TT
- Cobra
- Cobra 6C
- Cobra TT
- Puch Cobra Réplica Coronil
- X-80
- Ranger 4TT
- Ranger 4TL
- Monza
- Carribean

Between 1970 and 1980 Avello produced of the Trivella Borrasca:
1970-1.525 PC's.
1971-7.890 PC's.
1972-8.571 PC's.
1973-13.977 PC's.
1974-17.573 PC's.
1975-21.238 PC's.
1976-29.339 PC's.
1977-36.645 PC's.
1978-38.429 PC's.
1979-41.643 PC's.

1980:
- Magnum MK II
- X-20
- X-30
- X-30 Cross
- Borrasca
- MiniCross
- MiniCross Especial
- MiniCross Super
- MiniCross TT
- MiniCross II
- Cobra MC 75

1981:
- Monza L
- Cobra X3
- Cobra X3S
- Cobra TT Replica Monjonell
- Cobra Sport

- X-10


1982:
- Cobra M-82
- Cobra Sport
- Cobra 2V
- Condor MiniCross
- MiniCross
- Super MiniCross III
- Lido 80
- Lido 125

1983 (Avello Family left, Suzuki came in):
- Condor II
- Cobra M-82
- Cobra M-82 TT
- Lido 75

1984:
- Condor MD
- Condor II
- MiniCross Super III
- MiniCross TT

1985:
- Maxi (50)
- Lido

1986:
- Condor III

1987 (Piaggio buys Steyr-Daimler-Puch twowheeler division):

1988 (Suzuki buys Avello factory 100%):
- moto scooter
- Condor (rebadged Gilera R1)

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