These distinctive-sounding mufflers that pushed “Ciao,” “Sì” and “Vespas” up to 60 or 70 kilometers per hour gained a cult following and popularity in a short time.
Everything that ran was Proma. A success certainly wished for but perhaps not even expected on this scope by the Gianotti brothers, they found themselves moving from the home garage to the undisputed leaders of the sector. They studied, tested and developed their products internally, first in the city, and then, from the early 1980s, in the Proma Center of Research and Development at their Mazzano plant, where KMI today has its beating heart.
The history of Proma continues into the Nineties, when the sector became progressively regulated. Due to enforced restrictions, the company began to change its skin. It was during this early period of the decade that the Gianotti brothers found an agreement with the Taiwanese motorcycle manufacturer KYMCO, and, in 1991, they became official importers.