Like every other auto manufacturer in the country, Yamaha India is working for its portfolio to meet the upcoming BSVI norms. A change which will require the vehicles on sale in India to be cleaner and more efficient, Yamaha India has issued a statement which mentions that it is quite likely that the BSVI compatible Yamaha motorcycles & scooters will arrive in the market well before the recommended deadline of April 2020.
The company will rejig its line up with BSVI compatible motorcycles and scooters in several phases, starting as early as November 2019 for motorcycles, and January 2020 with scooters. The hike in production cost for launching BSVI variants may impact the pricing of the two-wheelers, varying between 10%-15% on average, depending upon the product features. The company, however, will standardize offsetting benefits in selected two-wheeler models by offering features, like a ‘Side stand switch’. This prevents the engine to start till the side stand is withdrawn completely and until now, was a feature reserved for more expensive two-wheelers. With a local R&D setup in place, Yamaha India has stated that it will continue to work towards providing innovative technologies & exciting products for the Indian market.
Yamaha’s recent launches in India include the FZ Version 3.0 and the MT-15, which is essentially a naked version of the Yamaha R15. Late last year, the bike maker had announced that it will shift its attention from the entry-level commuter segment and place those tuning forks towards the premium end of things. Yamaha India’s Chairman had mentioned that the company will let their scooters play the mass market game and their motorcycles will offer a more premium, performance-oriented experience. The sub 150cc bikes they make will be shipped out to their export markets in Latin America and Africa. On the other hand, for their upcoming launches, the brand has been studying motorbikes of above 300 cc and premium scooters with an engine displacement of 125-150 cc. With an aim to bring excitement back in the Yamaha India portfolio, the company will also invest INR 100 crore over the next three years to fortify its local R&D centre.