The Piaggio Group Americas is opening a new national technical center in Costa Mesa, CA. The 12,000 square foot facility houses the company’s product testing and technical training operations, including factory product training and classroom instruction for service technicians from all U.S. and Canadian dealerships, as well as Latin American importers. Piaggio, which had all-time record-setting U.S. sales in 2008, continues to expand both its model line and dealer network with over 500 dealers serving customers in North America. The company also anticipates ongoing strong demand for its diverse range of scooters and motorcycles as consumers shift focus to more economical personal transportation.


With design, engineering and manufacturing based in Italy, providing North and South American dealers and importers with more convenient access to factory expertise and the latest technical information is especially important to Piaggio Group Americas’ U.S. based team. Having a North American manufacturing base will be especially helpful to Aprilia who has suffered greatly from long lead times for spare parts, and poor customer-dealer relations.

The new facility expands Piaggio’s presence in Orange County, California, a home base for numerous motorcycle manufacturers, suppliers and industry groups. In addition to giving the company a bigger West Coast footprint, the new Technical Center also allows Piaggio’s U.S. team access to ongoing road and off-road testing. In addition to product testing and technician training, the Piaggio Technical Center also serves as the headquarters for the company’s West Coast press and promotional fleet, including media test bikes.

Source: Piaggio via 2WheelTuesday

  • Richard farmer

    My son, Nathan farmer, recently attended
    your piaggio school. His employer, metro
    Moto of Memphis tn. Has terminated him
    but will not give him his completion
    certificate which he earned at your school
    this is rediculous in my eyes. They want
    him to pay them for the training.
    Can he get a certificate or some sort of
    credit for him going to your factory school
    contact me please.

  • Richard, we’re a news site and not affiliated with Piaggio or its schools. You’ll have to get in contact with them about this matter.

  • Mark Wilkson

    If this mechanic’s father is whining about his son’s certificate, then the guy is obviously incompetent. What a moron.