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    Yamaha Electric Scooters E01 And EC-05 Trademarks Registered

    Yamaha concept scooter image for reference
    Yamaha will launch its electric scooters in international markets before bringing them in India

    It was in 2019 that Yamaha had unveiled E01 and E02 electric scooter concepts at Tokyo Motor Show. One of these, E01, appears to have gotten closer to production stage.
    That’s evident in the trademarks that the company has filed recently. Yamaha has also filed a new trademark for its EC-05 electric scooter, which is already sold in Taiwan. As for E02 concept, it may have been abandoned or Yamaha may have plans to introduce it at a later date.
    Yamaha E01 electric scooter
    The maxi-styled E01 e-scooter concept showcased at Tokyo Motor Show sported a futuristic look and feel. It had an aerodynamic design and eye-catchy dual-tone colour theme. Some of the key features include aggressive front fascia, tinted windscreen, trendy rear view mirrors, and tapered seat design.
    In its production form, Yamaha E01 is expected to be equipped with conventional telescopic forks at the front and single shock absorber at the rear. It will have disc brakes at both ends, integrated with at least single-channel ABS.
    Yamaha concept scooter image for reference
    It is expected to pack in various other features such as Bluetooth, geo-fencing, and swappable battery. In terms of performance, E01 electric scooter will be equivalent to the current breed of Yamaha 125cc scooters such as Fascino and Rayzr.
    Yamaha EC-05 electric scooter
    Already on sale in Taiwan, Yamaha EC-05 is expected to be launched soon in international markets such as Europe. EC-05 has been developed via a joint collaboration between Yamaha and Taiwan-based Gogoro Inc. The latter is a leading e-scooter manufacturer.
    Gogoro has also been playing an instrumental role in developing the required infrastructure such as battery swapping stations. More than 2,000 of these are already functional in Taiwan.
    Powering EC-05 is a G2 Aluminium alloy water-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor integrated with a MOSFET water-cooled motor controller. It is capable of generating 10 hp of max power and 26 Nm of peak torque. The e-scooter has an all-LED setup and is equipped with LCD backlit dashboard.
    Suspension system comprises telescopic fork at the front and dual rear shocks. Both front and rear wheels have disc brakes, integrated with either ABS or UBS (unified braking system). UBS is similar to CBS system that is currently offered in several two-wheelers in India.
    Yamaha electric scooter India launch plans
    Although opportunities exist, launch of Yamaha electric scooters in the Indian market could take a while. As per last reports, Yamaha was in the process of conducting a feasibility study to assess the possibility of introducing electric two-wheelers in the country.
    The company had earlier said that it will continue to focus on developing better versions of ICE engines, as a complete transition to EVs will take several years. When launched, Yamaha electric scooters will take on the likes of Bajaj Chetak, Ather, and TVS iQube. More

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    2021 Yamaha MT15 With New Attire Launched In Thailand

    2021 Yamaha MT15
    International-spec MT-15 features an inverted front fork and an aluminium swingarm instead of conventional telescopic front forks and a box-section swingarm

    Yamaha has launched its entry-level naked streetfighter MT-15 in Thailand with new colour schemes which resemble its bigger, meaner and more powerful sibling MT-09. To be specific, the 2021 MT-15 is now offered in three paint options including Racing Blue, Matt Black and Metallic Gray.
    The good thing though, the Japanese bikemaker hasn’t increased the prices of the bike and is still offered at a price of THB 98,500 (equivalent to INR 2.38 lakh). All three colour variants feature the brand’s signature slanted stripes on its fuel tank like MT-09. And also sports the large MT logo on its tank shrouds.
    Difference between India-spec, Thai-spec MT-15
    One can also notice colour-coded stripes on its tail section too which are nicely complemented by colour-coded stripes on the wheel rims. This visual accentuates the sporty appeal of the naked motorcycle. In India though, consumers get Ice Fluo Vermillion, Dark Matte Blue and Metallic black as colour schemes. However, Indian customers get customisation options that let one opt from as many as eleven colour combinations.
    The Thai-spec model although comes with superior underpinnings. Its hardware setup features a more premium upside-down USD front suspension finished in golden colour along with an aluminium swingarm.
    2021 Yamaha MT15
    The India-spec model, on the other hand, sadly gets conventional telescopic forks at front and a box-section swingarm. Other features on offer in the Indian model include LED headlamps, LED taillights, a digital speedometer, disc brakes on both ends and single-channel ABS.
    Powertrain Specs
    MT-15 in Thailand comes with the same powertrain as the Indian version which features a Euro-5/BS6 compliant 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled four-valve motor. This unit is mated to a six-speed gearbox with an assist and slipper clutch and returns an output of 18.5 bhp at 10,000rpm and 14.7 Nm of peak torque at 8500rpm. The bike shares its underpinning, hardware and engine with its faired cousin R-15.
    Other Yamaha Models
    Yamaha has been busy launching updated products in Thailand. A few days ago, the Japanese brand launched its premium Maxi-styled scooter named Aerox 155. As the name suggests, it derives its power from the same 155cc engine which also drives MT-15 and R15.
    2021 Yamaha MT15
    Although, in Aerox this unit is slightly detuned and churns out 15.4 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 13.9 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Equipped with electronic fuel injection (EFI), this unit is linked to a traditional V-belt CVT to carry out transmission duties.
    The Japanese manufacturer has also registered a new trademark with the name FZ-X which is speculated to be the company’s upcoming adventure motorcycle in India. It is likely to be underpinned by the same platform as its quarter-litre sibling FZ25 and FZS25 and hence it is expected to be powered by the same 249cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine. More

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    Yamaha FZ X 250cc Adventure Motorcycle Render

    Yamaha FZ-X Adventure Motorcycle – Render by
    Apart from mechanical configurations, Yamaha FZ-X is likely to borrow certain design cues from its 250cc naked street racer siblings

    A few weeks ago, we had reported that Yamaha has registered a new trademark named ‘FZ-X’ which is speculated to be the company’s upcoming adventure bike offering in India. The bike is said to be based on the brand’s 250cc platform which currently underpins FZ25 and FZS-25.
    A digitally rendered image of the upcoming motorcycle has surfaced on social media courtesy of ‘D by Akash’ in which the bike has been imagined as an ADV. The designer, as expected, has taken FS25 as the donor model and tweaked its styling to make it look like an adventure tourer.
    Updated Styling
    From the looks of it, the designer has taken certain inspirations from Yamaha Tracer series of motorcycles. The design gets a slightly different headlight cluster with the addition of a windscreen above it to prevent the wind burst. It gets the same fuel tank and tank shrouds as FZ25 and FZS-25.
    Other design elements such as raked-up split seats have been carried forward from the naked street twins. It receives a new belly pan instead of the engine cowl along with knuckle protectors around the handlebar, a new upswept exhaust pipe and a new rack to load up the luggage.
    Yamaha FZ-X Adventure Motorcycle – Render by
    Instead of single-point fixed grab rails, this design render showcases dual side-bolted grab rails for pillion convenience. Another major difference is the use of wire-spoke wheels as opposed to alloy wheels since the former provides better traction to tyres when venturing off-tarmac.
    Interestingly, profiles of both tyres are very different as the rear is much knobbier than the front one. Other subtle but notable changes include a shortened fender and a flatter number plate mount.
    Mechanical Configurations
    The designer has confessed that this rendering is a more road-biased version of the adventure bike. Mechanical specifications of this upcoming bike are expected to remain the same as those in the naked streetfighters. It will derive its power from the same 249cc single-cylinder, air-cooled unit that returns an output of 20.6 bhp and 20 Nm of peak torque. This unit will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Suspension setup is also likely to remain similar albeit with a slight tweak, in order to provide a little more travel.
    Entry-level adventure motorcycles have been raking in good numbers in recent times with new options in the fold. As popularity increases, many manufacturers are eyeing this segment with their new offerings. TVS Motor too is planning to develop an entry-level adventure tourer which is expected to be named ‘Raider’. Upon its launch, FZ-X will most likely rival the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan, KTM 250 Adventure and BMW G 310 GS.
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    Yamaha R15 Engine Powered Aerox 155 Scooter Updated For 2021

    2021 Yamaha Aerox 155
    Yamaha has launched the cosmetically and mechanically overhauled 2021 Aerox 155 in Thailand

    With popularity of maxi-scooters heading northwards, more manufacturers are bringing in new products to cash in this opportunity. While the Indian market is yet to open its arms fully for these power scooters, auto brands have found reasonable success in this space overseas.
    Yamaha is the latest manufacturer to expand its range of maxi-scooters by launching the new Aerox 155 in Thailand. Following the footsteps of its Japanese counterpart Honda, which revealed its updated Forza range of scooters a few months ago, the latest iteration of Aerox 155 comes with a fair share of upgrades both mechanical and cosmetic.
    Updated Design & Features
    The 2021 Aerox 155 comes with significant updates in terms of styling which includes a twin LED headlight setup consisting of LED DRLs and an updated LED tail lamp. Not only in design but the power scooter also gets an updated equipment list comprising a fully digital instrument console which is equipped with Yamaha’s Y-Connect app as a standard fitment.
    This feature allows riders to pair their smartphones with the scooter in order to receive a host of information including error codes, service schedules and last parking location.
    2021 Yamaha Aerox 155
    It also allows riders to manage calls and messages on their console and share details of their rides via the app with other Y-Connect riders. Other feature highlights include engine start-stop, hazard lights, keyless start and a 25-litre storage capacity under the seat which can be accessed by a remote locking button.
    Coming to its dynamics, it is heavier at 125 kg dry weight in comparison to 118 kg of its predecessor and a comfortable saddle height of 790mm. Suspension duties are carried out by conventional telescopic forks in front and twin remote reservoir shock absorbers at rear.
    Anchoring duties are taken care of by a disc brake on the front wheel and drum brake on the rear wheel aided by a single-channel ABS. It rolls on 14-inch wheels wrapped by 110/80-14 and 140/70-14 profile tyres on front and rear respectively. Fuel tank capacity has also increased from 4.6 litres to 5.5 litres.
    2021 Yamaha Aerox 155
    Powertrain & Transmission
    Speaking of its powertrain, it gets an updated 155cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder engine with variable valve actuation (VVA). This is the same engine which powers the R15 V3 in India. On board the scooter, this unit now cranks up 15.4 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 13.9 Nm at 6,500 rpm against its predecessor which produced 14.8 bhp and 14.4 Nm of peak torque. Equipped with electronic fuel injection (EFI), it uses a traditional V-belt CVT to carry out transmission duties.
    The new Yamaha Aerox 155 is offered in two variants- standard and ABS at a starting price of THB 67,500 (equivalent to INR 1.64 lakh). In all likelihood, this power scooter will not reach our shores unless the Japanese brand decides to take on its rivals from Honda and Aprilia. More

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    2021 Yamaha FZ, FZS FI Gets New Colour, Bluetooth – Prices Increased

    New Yamaha FZ
    2021 Yamaha FZ FI and FZS FI Series updated with more expansive feature inclusion

    An all-new range of Yamaha FZ Series has been launched today. With power from a 149 cc, FI BSVI engine, FZ Series is now lighter, and features an attractive body style. A new Matte Red colour has been introduced for FZS FI. Side stand engine cutoff switch has been introduced.
    New FZ series comprises of FZ FI models and features 2 exciting colours – Racing Blue and Metallic black. FZS FI models is available in 5 colours – Matte red (new), Dark matte blue, Matte black, Dark knight & Vintage Edition.
    The lightweight body now weighs in at 135 kgs, reduced from 137 kgs. This would contribute to improved comfort of handling. All FZ (149CC) series variants feature single channel ABS, gets LED headlight, 140 mm wide rear radial tyre, two level single-piece seating. The exhaust system has been tuned for better sound.
    Yamaha FZ Series Bluetooth Connectivity
    FZS FI models are available with features like ‘Answer back’, ‘E-lock’, ‘Locate my bike’, ‘Hazard’, etc. These variants feature a 3D emblem. Overall improvements revolve around inbuilt Bluetooth connectivity, side stand engine cutoff switch standardized for all models, and style addition with the 3D emblem for FZS FI models.
    Yamaha FZ, FZS FI price list Feb 2021
    FZS FI model features Bluetooth-enabled Yamaha Motorcycle Connect X. New FZ FI price range starts from Rs.1,03,700 Ex-sh, Delhi, and new FZS FI starts from Rs. 1,07,200 Ex-Sh Delhi. This is an increase of up to Rs 2,500.
    Connect X now mandatory for Yamaha FZS FI variants
    Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India Group of companies said, “FZ is an iconic brand of Yamaha and in India, we want to recreate its excitement every year with additional features and new offerings. Last year, we had launched the YAMAHA MOTORCYCLE CONNECT X Application in Dark Knight & Vintage models as an accessory. This feature was accepted well by our customers & moving forward with today’s launch of FZSFI, we have decided to make it as a mandatory feature for our FZS FI Models.”
    “We are committed to offer something exceptional to the motorcycling customers of India & today we are upgrading our popular FZ series with features like Side Stand Engine Cutoff Switch & Inbuilt Bluetooth Connectivity for FZS-FI.
    With the upgrade of FZ series, we have completed the upgrade of all the models in Yamaha Lineup with Side Stand Engine Cutoff Switch. We will keep on listening to our customers & continue to launch new products under the banner of The Call of The Blue.” More

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    Yamaha India Jan 2021 Sales Growth 53 Percent – R15, MT15, FZ, Fascino, Ray

    Image – The Bengal Rider
    Yamaha India reports growth in wholesales at over 50 percent in January 2021

    Yamaha reports 53.57 percent growth in January 2021 sales. Two wheeler sales grew to 55,151 units compared to 35,913 units in January 2020. Volume gain stood at 19,238 units.
    Following the relaxation of a nationwide Covid-19 pandemic related lockdown, Yamaha Motor India finds itself gaining ground. Through the latter half of 2020, Yamaha has reported consistent growth. MoM growth is reported at 40.61 percent from 39,224 units at volume gain of 15,927 units.
    Yamaha India limited by low sales volume
    For Yamaha India, monthly sales of upward of 50k units is a positive shift. For long the brand has been relegated to being a low sales volume entity here. Even though Yamaha motor reported more than 50 percent growth last month, it still finds itself last on the list of big brand manufacturers when it comes to sales volume.
    Among the big 7, Yamaha has a lot of ground to cover. Together, the two wheeler industry appears to be in the green last month, only if just. For the bulk of it’s sales, Yamaha India depends on the FZ series, and its Ray and Fascino scooters.
    Yamaha India Sales Jan 2021
    Strong H2 2020 sales
    Having kickstarted 2021 on a positive notes sets the stage for the manufacturer to capitalize on its business goals in the new year. Focus on 2021 revolves around product promotion, customer reach and retail network strategies.
    Growth trends in recent months, namely between July and December 2020 offers momentum to retail and product strategies. A spring in their step sees the manufacturer set its goal to match positive records of the preceding months by a record sale.
    New Mobility Solutions
    Yamaha Motor India expects overall demand to grow in 2021 based on demand for personal mobility solutions. Yamaha Connect X app is Bluetooth enabled. Those in the market for a MT-15 can personalise colour choices. Online shopping is enhanced through the virtual store, and one can even browse over accessories and apparels on Amazon. All developments that the company says has been received well.
    The brand’s ‘Test Ride my Yamaha, campaign is tasked with offering a personalized riding experience to more and more potential customers. Yamaha prides itself for its range of new tech and safety features. They include Stop and start system; Smart motor generator (SMG); and Side stand engine cut-off switch. Newer outreach campaigns are in the offing. At present there’s not much to report on impending new launches from Yamaha India in 2021. More

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    Yamaha Sales, Exports Break Up Dec 2020 – FZ, Ray, Fascino, R15, MT15

    Yamaha India Scooters
    Yamaha Motor India clocked domestic sales of 39,224 units in December 2020, 33 percent growth as compared to 29,486 units soldin Dec 2019

    Yamaha Motor India currently retails Fascino, Ray ZR and Ray ZR Street Rally scooters and motorcycles which include R15 Version 3.0, MT15, FZ FI and FZS FI Version 3.0 along with the FZ 25 and FZS 25. Significant sales growth for this two wheeler maker has been seen over the past 6 months since July 2020.
    Even as the rest of the segment was facing certain restrictions in view of constraints in part supplies and other limitations. The company expects overall demand to grow through 2021 owing to increase in demand for personal mobility.
    Yamaha Domestic Sales
    Along with reporting a 33.03 percent YoY sales growth, Yamaha Motor India did see a drop in volumes of 13,984 units or 26.28 percent, when compared to 53,208 units sold in November 2020.Sales in the past month saw the FZ, Ray, R5, MT15 and FZ25 post sales growth.
    FZ sales surged 45.78 percent to 14,161 units, up from 9,714 units sold in Dec 2019. FZ25 saw the most growth of 1,404.35 percent from 23 units sold in Dec 19 to 346 units in Dec 20. MoM sales dipped from 53,208 units sold in Nov 20 with only the FZ25 posting sales growth of 22.26 percent.
    Yamaha India Sales Dec 2020
    Yamaha FZ Most In Demand In Global Markets
    YoY exports ended on a negative note with a 29.73 percent de-growth to 19,907 units as against 28,331 units exported in Dec 19. MoM exports were however more encouraging, up 32.41 percent as compared to 15,034 units exported in Nov 20.
    The Yamaha FZ was the most exported model in the company lineup followed by the Crux and FZ25 while MoM exports of the Yamaha Saluto RX surged as much as 2,100 percent from 36 units exported in Nov 20 to 792 units in Dec 20.
    Yamaha Alpha scooter also noted positive sales both in terms of YoY and MoM exports with dispatches to global markets up 20 percent to 336 units in Dec 20 up from 280 units in Dec 19 and from 112 units exported in Nov 20.
    Yamaha India Exports Dec 2020
    It was at the end of last year that Yamaha introduced the ‘Test Ride My Yamaha’ campaign to spread awareness on the several safety and technology updates on its 125cc scooters like the Fascino 125 Fi, RayZR 125 Fi and RayZR Street Rally 125 Fi. This 125cc range of scooters come in with features such as engine start/stop system, smart motor generator, side stand engine cut off switch and front disc brake with unified braking system.
    Yamaha Motor India is also planning an entry into the electric bike segment so as to compete against the Bajaj Chetak and Ather 450x. The company currently sells the EC-05 electric scooter in Taiwan and could bring this model to India with some modifications so as to suite ride conditions in the country. More