2013 Tokyo Motor Show Live – Yamaha reveals their MOTIV car

Posted on: Nov 21, 2013 - 9:20am IST

Yamaha revealed its intention to adopt design guru Gordon Murray’s revolutionary iStream manufacturing process by showcasing a concept of a two-seater urban vehicle.

The Motiv concept still needs the approval from Yamaha’s board before being put into production. It is based on a couple of concepts by Murray himself and will be available in both gasoline and electric variants. It is aimed at the European markets as a competition to Mercedes’ Smart series vehicles.

Yamaha MOTIV

Murray’s iStream concept is revolutionary in the sense that it does away with the welding processes altogether. It is based on a car being underpinned on a tubular frame that has composite materials sandwiched in between, in order to meet crash norms.

The Motiv is just around 50mm narrower and 60mm lower than the Smart, but is almost same in length. It is also 100 kgs lighter. The Motiv’s outer skin is formed in non load-bearing, impact-resistant plastic which can tackle minor damage much better than steel or aluminium. It is also easily detachable in case major repair is needed.

Yamaha MOTIV rear quarter

The petrol variant of the Motiv would be powered by a 3-cylinder 1.0-liter Yamaha engine. The rear-wheel driven car would come with a six-speed dual clutch transmission box.

Yamaha MOTIV Image Gallery

Yamaha MOTIV – Press Release

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3 thoughts on “2013 Tokyo Motor Show Live – Yamaha reveals their MOTIV car

  1. sandy says:

    Wow… Cool. I would love to drive one of these. Wish it gets approved.
    Let me recollect these kind of space and fuel saving concepts as well as the real one seen so far: SmartFor2, Toyota iQ, Renault Twizy and concepts like Peugeot BB1, Nissan LandGlider, GM e-NV, Honda MC Beta, MIT Hirico folding City car and our very own Tata Pixel concept along with this new entrant Yamaha Motive are some of the most sensational little City cars doing their rounds in my mind. Though there are many but these are more appealing to me.

    1. sandy says:

      Ouu… Motiv.e rear looks like Ritz’s rear with Brio’s rear like glass hatch door. Interior lacks style and funky element that are normally carried out by these kind of product.

  2. Satya Srinivas says:

    A stylish replacement for two wheelers for urban commuting. Will work good as a second car for the family.


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