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Honda And Yamaha Join Hands To Produce Small-Size Scooters In Japan

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Honda Motor and Yamaha Motor has stated that the two firms are in discussions towards a possible business alliance in Japan.

Both the manufacturers will produce two wheelers in Class-1 category, which refers to vehicles equipped with two or more wheels and an engine with total displacement of 50cc or less or an electric motor with rated output of 0.60 kW or less in Japan.

The collaboration will focus on Honda supplying 50cc scooters to Yamaha as an OEM which are developed based on the TACT and Giorno 50cc scooter models.

Yamaha will sell these models in Japan as the Yamaha JOG and Vino. Honda currently sells these models in Japan till the end of 2018.

Honda and Yamaha are currently developing, producing and selling 50cc scooter models in Japanese market, called as Honda BENLY and Yamaha GEAR.

Both the firms will work out the feasibility of the joint development and OEM supply from Honda to Yamaha of next-gen version of scooter models.

The two companies will also work on electric scooters. The collaboration will help improve the electric segment in Japan and address various issues such as range, charging time, performance and cost.

Operating Officer and Director, Honda Motor, Shinji Aoyama said, "Through this collaboration with Yamaha, we will continue to offer Class-1 category products that go beyond the expectations of our customers."

He added, " With that, we will devote all of our efforts to revitalize the motorcycle market in Japan and establish a market environment that enables the popularization of electric motorcycles at the earliest possible timing."

Story first published: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 16:51 [IST]
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