Argo USA formally Bajaj USA has finally announced their scooter replacement for the Bajaj Chetak and the Bajaj Legend. Bajaj was the first metal bodied, manual transmission scooter to be sold in the US since Vespa pulled out in the early 80's. The Bajaj was very popular in Minnesota as well as the rest of the country until Genuine Scooters introduced the Stella, a virtual clone of the PX150. Califorina was the only state that didn't allow the 2-stroke 150cc Stella so the Bajaj still sold well there. But the US scooter market is only a small drop in the bucket compared to Bajaj's domestic market. And the Indians are done with the Chetak and have moved to motorcycles. So Bajaj decided to end production of all of their geared scooters in 2005 leaving Bajaj USA holding the bag with no new scooter to sell.
Long story even longer, after over a year Argo USA had announce that they will be selling a TN'G Milano/Barron/ Schwinn. After so long and they could't get anything else? The Bajaj dealer network that has been set up is still there, but is any reputiable dealer going to want to sell another Vino 125 stepchild? Many larger dealers have already one on the floor or have gotten out of Chinese scooters of questionable quality. Argo says they are of a higher quality than all of the others, but I don't think I would wait around to see it.
I think that I just saw the last nail put in Argo's coffin, bury them with the golden fleece.