Budget Sachs from China

Published: 01 May 2006

German firm Sachs will be able to offer cheaper bikes and scooters to compete with unbranded internet sellers, after entering into an agreement with a major Chinese factory.

Sachs aims to offer German quality and dealer support as part of the deal with New Superior Ltd. In return for German engineering support and in-house quality control in the Chinese plant, the firm will receive massive investment in its European research and development and distribution hub.

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The first bike produced under the new deal is the Sachs 49er automatic four-stroke scooter, which is capable of 100 miles to a gallon of petrol. It has a 50cc engine, with 160mm front disc brake, 10" alloy wheels, and comes with a top case as standard. It's available in Yellow, Silver, Blue or Black and costs £999, including a two-year warranty. Contact: 01202-823344.