KYMCO KRV 180i TCS starts production

Date posted on February 23, 2022
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KYMCO Philippines Inc. released the first batches of its groundbreaking new scooter, the KRV 180i, last January starting with the base DDS model at Kymco’s new assembly plant in Sta. Rosa Laguna. And just less than a month later, the higher TCS variant started production this week as well.  

The KYMCO KRV 180i DDS and TCS models were launched during the end the third quarter of last year. It’s a premium scooter in the 150cc-200cc class or mini maxi-scooter.

It offers not only great styling and the latest safety and electronic features, but also a first in its class engine and swingarm configuration that is similar to bigger, higher end, and more expensive maxiscooters in the market like its own AK550.

First in class! KRV’s frame mounted engine.

Unlike ordinary scooters where the engine is mounted on the swingarm, the KRV 180i DDS and TCS features a central frame mounted engine and an alloy swing-arm. This creates a better handing scooter since the swingarm and rear suspension are not laden with the engine weight. The comfort and handling advantage of this is that it rides more like a regular motorcycle than a scooter in terms of ride and sporty handling.

Plant Tour was conducted by KYMCO Quality Assurance Engineer John Dexter Capioc

You can learn more about the KRV features and how it rides from our First Impression Test Ride here.

IR’s Al Camba tested the KRV 180i TCS last year.

KYMCO Philippines invited us to a plant tour to show the first lot of KRV TCS lot assembly. Together with vloggers and other motoring media, we were given 100% access to the assembly line.

Mr. Mark Justin Aquino
KYMCO Marketing.

“We assemble it on the same line used to produce our flagship AK550. We started with the DDS variant in January and now with the higher TCS variant. Both variants have the same chassis and engine, the difference is in the electronic features like Traction Control System, ” said Mr. Mark Justin Aquino of KYMCO Marketing.

KRV is assembled on the same line as the AK550
Mr. Jacinto “Tito” Cadugo
General Manager for Sales & Marketing

“We want to show how the KRV is carefully assembled here at our new plant. All KRVs come as CKDs or  complete-knock-down units and are assembled here. They have 100% materials from Taiwan, including the body paint, with no local content. We already asssembled and delivered almost 200 units and we hope to deliver at least a thousand more by March, ” said  Mr. Jacinto “Tito” Cadugo, the General Manager for Sales & Marketing of KYMCO Philippines.

Chairman of KYMCO Philippines Inc., 
Mr. Manny Chang,

At the end of the tour, the Chairman of KYMCO Philippines Inc,  Mr. Manny Chang, made time to greet our group and expressed his excitement and confidence in the new KRV 180i models, a product of KYMCO’s technical capability. He stressed that the KRV is the “baby AK550” and it contains so much value and technology in such a compact scooter compared to other scooters in the market.

Body comes from Taiwan already painted.

Big congratulations to Kymco and the first KRV owners who got their units already. We are sure that it will generate a loyal following among its users and in time, will become KYMCO’S most identifiable and sought after model. Can’t wait for the owners to try them on a trackday!

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