Yamaha to launch a new motorcycle on April 17 in India - IAB Report

15/04/2015 - 14:38 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

National launch to take place in Chennai.

Yamaha will launch an all-new product in India on April 17, 2015, though the brand has not confirmed if it will be a scooter or a motorcycle. The Japanese manufacturer said in an invitation that the April 17 launch "unfolds another exciting chapter of its journey in India".

Yamaha Saluto teased
The product is likely to be the Saluto commuter bike.

Sources say that the product is likely to be a new commuter motorcycle called 'Saluto'. Upon closer inspection of the invite sent out by the company, one can see a sketch of a commuter motorcycle with a sober design language riding on 5-spoke alloy wheels.

Sources also added that the motorcycle is likely to be powered by a 123 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine, the same unit seen on the SS 125. On the SS 125, this engine makes 11 PS and 10.4 Nm of torque and is paired to a 5-speed gearbox.

The Saluto when launched is expected to rival the likes of the TVS Phoenix and Honda Shine, with prices expected to start at INR 55,000, ex-Showroom.

Yamaha SS 125
The Saluto is likely to borrow its engine from the SS 125.

Also read: 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M launched in India from INR 22.34 lakhs

The new Yamaha will be launched in Chennai by Mr. Masaki Asano, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Roy Kurian, VP, Sales & Marketing of Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.

Rivals: Honda CB Shine, Bajaj Discover 125, Hero Glamour, TVS Phoenix
Expected Price: INR 50,000 – 55,000 (ex-showroom)
Launch Date: April 17, 2015 (expected)

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