Vespa is an Italian brand of scooter manufactured by Piaggio. The name means wasp in Italian.
Vespa scooters were sold beyond Europe and North America. When expanding into these markets it was common for Vespa to partner with, or license certain models to, existing manufacturers.
Officially known as the MP5 (“Moto Piaggio no. 5”), the prototype was nicknamed “Paperino” (“duckling” in Italian.)
Upon seeing the MP6 for the first time, Enrico Piaggio exclaimed: “Sembra una vespa!” (“It looks like a wasp!”)