In India, the sales of scooters rose 23 percent to 1.17 million in April-August quarter 2012 compared to 3.3 percent or 4.22 million units of motorcycles, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.
Yamaha is one company which is associated with bringing out high end sports bike in India. Indeed the Yamaha already has sports bike like R15, FZ16, FZ8 and the most advanced FZ1. Well these range of bikes are generally associated with studs and dudes who want to flaunt among each other and especially girls. So what about girls? Well I guess Yamaha heard them and have launched their scooter called “Ray” especially for women.
Specifications of Yamaha Ray Scooter –
India Yamaha Motor, a unit of Japanese two-wheeler company Yamaha, has introduced the “Ray” scooter, with 113-cc engine capacity priced Rs. 46,000 in the range of similar scooter models of rivals like Honda, Hero Moto Corp, Suzuki, Mahindra and TVS.
It has air cooled 4 stroke 113cc engine with CVT (continuous variable transmission). This enables us the Scooter to achieve better reliability.
It makes 7.1PS at 7500rpm and 8.1Nm of torque. The peak torque is at low 5000rpm.
One can obtain 0-60kmph within 12 seconds.
It has excellent average with a fuel efficiency of 62.1 kmpl.
It has a 104kg making it a light scooter having excellent performance.
It has 130mm drum brakes and 90/100-10 tyres.
Since this a Scooter designed for women, so a great detailing has been given to its exterior design and seating. The seating is designed in a manner that the ground is close to women’s legs. All the women will definitely appreciate its fine touches. The very fact that it is available in seven different colors that are pink, black, blue, burgundy, purple and grey makes the women choose as to which color best suits them.
The engine though small gives a good performance. It has excellent fuel economy of whooping 62.1kmpl and the acceleration does not disappoint the Yamaha lovers. It has ample storage space and a stand giving this scooter an excellent look.
Yamaha vision – Future plans
Currently Yamaha has factories in Surajpur in UP and Faridabad in Haryana. With a production capacity of 400,000 units a year now, it wants to touch one million by 2014. “This would reach 2.8 million units by 2018,” India Yamaha Motor’s chief executive Hiroyuki Yanagi said, unveiling Ray on Friday in Hyderabad.
Regarding the company’s future Hiroyuki Yanagi said : “For the global Yamaha Motor group, India Yamaha Motor holds great importance as a strategic production and sales base. By 2018, our total production capacity in India will reach 2.8 million units. At that point, India will play an extremely important role among Yamaha group, not just in supplying to the Indian domestic market but also in exporting to other markets around the world. We will be working aggressively to transfer our latest technologies to India in the hope of making every contribution we can to the development of India’s two-wheeler industry.”
Personally I feel apart from already established scooters of Hero motor corp, TVS and Suzuki already there in markets. Its closest and strongest upcoming rival would be Piaggio (Italian scooter maker). One can expect Vespa too making a comeback and is expected to cost same as that of scooter by Piaggio that is somewhere around 70,000 rupees. But clearly after seeing Yamaha’s future plans up till 2018 already made, one can Yamaha to be way ahead in Scooter arena too.