|Headquarters||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Products||Motorcycles, Mopeds, ATVs|
Zanella is an Argentine motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1948, originally using 100 and 125 cc engines designed by Fabio Taglioni and licensed from Ceccato motorcycles of Italy. Zanella builds small motorcycles, mopeds and ATVs. Zanella formerly manufactured go-karts.
Zanella also produces the ZMax series of three-wheel motorcycles (trikes) and light trucks and the Force series of four-wheel light trucks.
Zanella makes mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, quad ATVs, karts and 4-stroke engines, ranging from 50 to 500 cc. However, only the mopeds are manufactured in Argentina at plants in Caseros and San Luis. Almost all other products are imported from China; usually in the form of knock down kits.
Based on onsite manufacture and assembly of imported motorcycles, Zanella plants have an installed production capacity of 12,000 units per month. It is expected that this current business plan will lead to the production level up to 14,000 units per month, returning to the levels of previous employment of approximately 1,000 direct employees and 3,000 indirect employees.
On December 22, 2009 an official presentation was held at the Zanella plant in Caseros, Buenos Aires by the Chamber of Manufacturers, Dealers and Suppliers of Motor Vehicles (Cámara de Fabricantes, Concesionarios y Proveedores de Motovehículos - CAFACOM). At the ceremony, General Confederation entrepreneur of Argentina (CGERA) Chairman Marcelo Fernandez stated.
"As a national company, Zanella is constantly developing projects in defense of the motorcycle industry and the interests of customers; and that is why we are promoting the creation of the House of Moto, to get more and better benefits for both manufacturers and traders.
Zmax series are three wheelers
Zanella also produces the following electrical generators:
Wounded during the war, he returned home in 1949 and immediately started working with the Ceccato motorcycle company. In 1950 he was taken on by Mondial, where he worked until 1954.
TAGLIONI I worked for two other companies before I joined Ducati. I designed a 75 twin camshaft, which was then adjusted for the Giro d’Italia (a twin camshaft was a bit too heavy). So it was turned into a single camshaft and was used in the Giro d’Italia on several occasions, in the Milan – Taranto and lots of other races, under the Ceccato brand. That engine acted as my business card when I was introduced to Count Borselli, on his request. He was looking for a young engineer, with a certain level of experience. I told him that I didn’t have much experience but I showed him the finished engine and said that was what I could do. He said to me: “I’m not interested in the engine but I’m interested in you because I work with 125s and up. I can help you to sell it if that’s what you want to do but I’m not interested in it”. And in fact, he did help me sell it to Ceccato. He let me go to Ceccato for the tuning and then I worked at Mondial for two years, until 1954, when I joined Ducati.
RA 1958[sic] to date. Mainly Italian 100-c.c. and 125-c.c. 2-stroke Ceccatos made under license.
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