New Yamaha 125cc scooter to roll out from Chennai plant by mid 2015
Yamaha Motors makes its debut in the 125cc scooter category with a new scooter codenamed 04X as on date. This 125 cc scooter will add to the current Yamaha lineup of 113cc Ray, RayZ and Alpha models and comes in at a time when demand for scooters is speeding faster than motorcycles in the country.
Yamaha 125cc scooter will be produced from the new Yamaha Chennai facility which will start operations this year in November with the Alpha scooter. The new 125cc scooter will enter production sometime in April 2015, while the plant will have the capacity to make around 120,000 units per annum.
For now it is not clear whether Yamaha is building a completely new scooter for India, or will they be bringing one of their established products from abroad. Speaking of which, last month, Yamaha also announced launch of a new 125cc scooter codenamed 08X in Vietnam. This scooter will be called Nozza Grande (in the image above) in the country and is specially designed to appeal to women buyers. In Vietnam, the 08X will be powered by a 125 cc, air cooled, fuel injected engine promised to be highly fuel efficient and able to deliver enhanced acceleration while auto emissions will also be low. 08X will be produced and sold through Yamaha Motor Vietnam Co, the Vietnamese counterparts of Yamaha Motor Group.
Another 125cc scooter from Yamaha, called Majesty S, was launched earlier this year in the UK.
Indian scooter segment in the 125cc category already has a number of products in the form of Honda Activa 125, Suzuki Access and Swish and the Vespa LX 125 besides Mahindra Rodeo and Flyte. With Yamaha India now planning to enter this segment, buyers surely have a tough time ahead. Yamaha India aims to cross 8 lakh annual sales by 2014.