Piaggio is a diversified vehicle manufacturer founded in 1884 by Rinaldo Piaggio as a railway rolling-stock company, branched into aircraft manufacture during World War I.  It has continued to produce aircraft ever since, with an interruption in the postwar years when the destruction of its plants and the occupation of Italy by the Allies forced it to focus on land vehicles.  Piaggio’s best known and most successful line of products today is the Vespa line of motor scooters.  However, Piaggio Aerospace spun off from the rest of Piaggio in 1964.  Based in Genoa, it is currently owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, the Indian Tata Group, and two Italian shareholders.



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