Yamaha India has focused all its attention to motorcycles in India. However the Japanese automaker also has a good line-up of scooter abroad and the company has finally decided to bring one of them to India. The Yamaha Ray scooter, which was unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo is set to hit our roads by October and the company has already started testing it. The Ray scooter will be targeted towards females and is extremely stylish. Yamaha has not disclosed anything about the mechanicals of the Ray Scooter yet.
The Yamaha Ray is expected to produce around 9 BHP of power. The Ray will have excellent quality and good fuel economy. Expected to be available in two variants, Yamaha will offer disc brakes on the higher variant. Yamaha will be producing the Ray scooter at its Surajpur plant in Uttar Pradesh and has also expended capacity for the same. The company recently acquired land in Tamil Nadu to put up a new plant, as it sees volumes increasing in the Indian market.
The Japanese motorcycle maker is expected to price the Yamaha Ray scooter at a price of around Rs. 50,000/-. The Ray will compete with the Honda Activa, Suzuki Access, Suzuki Swish and Mahindra Rodeo. While the Ray will not compete with Piaggio’s Vespa directly, it can give the Italian scooter a run for its money with its stunning design. It remains to be seen how the market responds to Yamaha scooters. If the company sees good demand, they could also bring in more scooters, including a much more powerful one.
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