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Honda and Yamaha announces collaboration on small-size scooters

Honda and Yamaha announces collaboration on small-size scootersHonda Motor and Yamaha Motor has announced on Wednesday that two companies have begun discussions toward a possible business alliance in the Japanese market in the “Class-1 category” which include scooters with a 50 cc engine or electric motor.

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

The collaboration will focus on Honda supplying 50 cc scooter models to Yamaha as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer), that are developed based on the Honda TACT and Giorno, 50 cc scooter models Honda currently produces and sells in Japan, before the end of 2018. Yamaha will sell these models as corresponding models of the Yamaha JOG and Vino.

Honda and Yamaha are currently developing, producing and selling 50 cc business scooter models for the Japanese market, namely the Honda BENLY and Yamaha GEAR, respectively. The two companies will look into the feasibility of the joint development and OEM supply from Honda to Yamaha of a next-generation version of these business scooter models.

For the purpose of further popularizing electric motorcycles mainly in the Class-1 category in Japan, the two companies will look into possible collaboration in the area of establishing the foundation necessary to address various issues relevant to electric motorcycles such as range, charging time, performance and cost.

“We believe that our collaborative activities, which will start with an OEM alliance, will go beyond the framework of a mere product supply alliance and carve out a future motorcycle culture in Japan,” Katsuaki Watanabe, the Managing Executive Officer and Director of Yamaha Motor, said.
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