Vento, a company with headquarters in San Diego, California, began producing motorcycles and scooters in 1996, with design and development teams based in China, Italy, and Australia, as well as California. While parts are made in China, final assembly takes place in Laredo, Texas. The company initially built a presence in the U.S., with widespread international distribution. The Vento Zip GT5 came out in 2005, and the company introduced the Zip LI in 2007. Both models are 50cc entry-level step-through scooters.