Although it’s smaller than the US state of Maryland, the island of Taiwan is home to millions of motor scooters buzzing down the busy urban areas.

With a large domestic scooter scene, it’s no surprise Taiwan is also home to several major scooter manufacturers.

Two such brands are Kymco and PGO, which are household names known to scooter enthusiasts worldwide for their top quality.

But Taiwan’s scooter industry extends far beyond these two giants. Numerous other brands produce quality scooters – many of which you might not have known about.

In this blog post, we’ll highlight four lesser-known Taiwanese scooter brands often overshadowed by the might of the Kwang Yang Motoring Company and PGO.

SYM/Lance Powersport

Based in Hukou Township, Hsinchu County, SYM (which stands for Sanyang Motor) has produced scooters and motorcycles since the 1990s.

But the company’s history stretches back much further. SYM was founded in 1954 as one of Taiwan’s first automotive manufacturers.

Interestingly, SYM didn’t immediately jump into scooter production.

They started by making bicycle light sets before expanding into motorcycles in 1965. It wasn’t until the 1990s that SYM finally unveiled its first scooter models.

Today, SYM exports a wide variety of scooters all over the world. Many are even rebranded under the Lance Powersport name when sold in the United States (just like how some PGO scooters are sold under the “Genuine Scooter” brand).

Some examples of SYM models include:

  • Jet 4: A zippy urban runabout known for its fast acceleration
  • Orbit: A sleek, sporty ride sporting massive 17” wheels
  • Fiddle II: An affordable, fuel-efficient retro-styled scooter (2009 model shown below)

The Lance Powersport brand also sports the Lance Cali Classic – a classic-styled scooter available in 50, 125, and 200cc versions.

And about the SYM Fiddle II…

The Fiddle II was one of Taiwan’s best-selling scooters during the 1990s – primarily because of its low price and fuel efficiency.

Perhaps because of its popularity, SYM’s official 2024 catalog offers a brand-new all-electric version of the Fiddle.

SYM Official Website

TGB

Founded in 1978, TGB (which stands for Taiwan Golden Bee) started as a subsidiary importing and distributing Vespa scooters.

Over time, the company evolved into a major manufacturer in its own right.

Two examples of TGB scooters include:

Bullet 50: A lightweight 50cc scooter perfect for urban commuting
302R: A vintage-inspired 49cc model available with both kick and electric starts

And as quite a wildcard, TGB also has the TGB Express – a scooter that is built specifically to handle deliveries of everything from packages to food (shown below):

With its large, built-in loading deck instead of an underseat storage, the Express is a scooter that stands out.

Interestingly enough…

TGB was the first Taiwanese company to build their own CVT transmissions rather than import them from Japan (or anywhere else).

And they must be good at it, too, because their CVT transmissions are supplied to other scooter brands like Piaggio, Peugeot, and SYM (the same SYM we discussed earlier).

TGB Official Site

CPI

Original image by GT1976, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Founded in 1991 in Kaohsiung City, the CPI Motoring Company produces ATVs, dual-sport motorcycles like the Motard 50, and, of course, scooters (like the Hussar seen above).

Two of CPI’s most popular scooter models are:

  • Popcorn: A compact, sporty 50cc scooter
  • Oliver: A retro-styled 50cc ride hearkening back to the glory days of vintage Vespas

Something you might want to know…

 

Many of the 50cc models in the CPI lineup utilize engines from the legendary Italian manufacturer Minarelli.

In case you’re wondering, it’s the same Minarelli used by companies like Yamaha, Motorhispania, and Rieju.

CPI – Official website (Europe)

Aeon Motor

A relative newcomer founded in 1998, Aeon Motor Co. (or just “Aeon Motor” for short) produces its lineup of scooters in Tainan City.

Under the “Quality, Excellence, Customer Satisfaction, and Sustainable Business” motto, all their vehicles and engines are built in Taiwan.

Most Aeon scooter models are in the 50cc or 125cc engine range – meaning they’re nimble and efficient commuters.

Examples of models from their lineup include gasoline-powered scooters like the STR and the CO-IN and all-electric scooters like the Ai-1.

Since 2018, the company has also had close collaboration with Gogoro Network.

And yes, that’s the same Gogoro Network renowned for their battery-swapping solutions for EV scooters.

Something Not-That-Well-Known About Aeon Worth Knowing

In 2021, Aeon introduced the AI-2 – Taiwan’s first three-wheeled electric scooter.

Showcasing Aeon’s technical skills, the AI-2 has batteries and drivetrain components powered by the aforementioned Gogoro Network.

Aeon Official Website