History of Yamaha Scooters in India

This article is about the history of Yamaha scooters in India. Yamaha Motors India (YMI), is a fully owned subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corporation, Japan. Read on to learn about the history of Yamaha scooters in India.

About the Company

Yamaha Motor Corporation became a motorcycle manufacturer in 1955, and since then has produced a great many sports bikes. However, over time, the company has diversified its customer base into a number of business verticals. In 1960, they began manufacturing powerboats and outboard motors. Presently, the company is involved in manufacturing motorcycles, PAS electro-hybrid bikes, marine and power products, and automotive engines. Yamaha even produces unmanned helicopters now.

Although Yamaha initiated its market stakes in India 1985, its Indian subsidiary, the Yamaha Motor India (YMI) was set up in India in August 2001 and became a 100% subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corporation (Japan). In 2008, Mitsui & Co. entered into an agreement with the Yamaha Motor Corporation for a joint-venture in motorcycle manufacturing in India, which gave birth to the India Yamaha Motor Private Limited (IYM).

Yamaha own two plants for manufacture of two-wheelers in India: one in Faridabad, Haryana, and one in Surajpur, Uttar Pradesh. It is from these two plants that Yamaha handles production of motorcycles and parts for both domestic as well as overseas markets. While the Faridabad plants was started in 1965, the Surajpur plants followed with its inception in 1984. These plants were upgraded in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The scooters manufactured by Yamaha in India are the Yamaha Ray and its upgrade, the Yamaha Ray Z.

Yamaha Ray

The Yamaha Ray offers what it advertises: being a stylish-design scooter. Fitted with an air-cooled, four-stroke engine, with a 113 cc capacity, the Yamaha Ray offers quick passing acceleration that has even been voted best in class! To top it, its engine is able to achieve a good fuel economy in the practical-use speed range, and a power output that enables riders to have a smooth start-up acceleration. Engineered to give easy handling & manoeuvrability, the Yamaha Ray aims to attract the growing interest in urban youths and women. and good fuel efficiency. It is equipped with an air-cooled 4-stroke 113cc engine with CVT (Continuous variable transmission) that boasts excellent reliability. To attract greater woman customer-base, the body of the Yamaha Ray has been innovatively designed to give it a "Sophisticated & Dynamic" look, with essential aerodynamics for stable riding. The seats are designed for easy reaching of legs to the ground and ample under-seat storage. The side stands are easy to operate, and the lightweight of the scooter makes it better to handle for women riders.

Yamaha Ray-Z

The upgrade to the Yamaha Ray the Yamaha Ray Z are the telescopic suspension for smoother rides on the non-uniform urban city Indian roads. The Yamaha Ray Z also has better fuel efficiency and good emission characteristics due to the engine being fitted with a BS type carburetor with a throttle position sensor (TPS). All in all, the Yamaha Ray Z ensures better performance over the Yamaha Ray.

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