future of Puch Maxi
Another factory in
the picture here is Hero from India. Hero bought the entire production
line of the Puch Maxi Plus (in some countries also known as Austro
Daimler Plus). The Puch Maxi Plus was developed in the early '80's
to be the successor of the Puch Maxi. But despite the revolutionary
design by no one less than Ferdinand Porsche (who did more desgin work
for Puch mopeds by the way), nobody liked it! It did not sell: and the Maxi was still in
production, so everybody was still buying the Maxi...
He replied that Puch had an outstanding name in the moped industry, they were market leader on many developement terrains and build real quality for affordable prices. And India is a country with poor quality roads, lots of sand and dust and therefor they chose the Maxi Plus as the best reliable quality moped for India and export.
Below you see the original Puch Maxi Plus from Austria and beneath that is the Hero Puch version, which still uses the original mouldings, and so you see Puch on the Hero frontfork and mudguard!