The Yamaha Project INDRA (Innovative and New Development based on Responsible Analysis), an ultra low-cost commuter motorcycle which has been under development by the company’s Indian R&D team, is expected to be showcased at the upcoming Auto Expo 2016. The company officials had earlier announced that they were looking at a 2016 launch.
Rushlane has learnt that trial production of the yet-to-be-named motorcycle has already commenced at the automaker’s new Chennai plant. With an estimated price of around INR 30,000 the new product will emerge as one of the most affordable motorcycles in the country.
Technical details are still sketchy but expect the bike to adopt a 100-110 cc air-cooled 4-stroke engine and a simple style. The entry level variant is most likely to be devoid of features like alloy wheels, electric starter and disc brake.
The company has been keeping its vendors in the loop right from the first step to save time and development costs. It was earlier reported that about 60 acres within its Chennai facility has been allotted for 8 Japanese vendors including suspension specialist KYB and Job Systems specialist Sakura.
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The Yamaha Project INDRA is not just an India-specific motorcycle. It would be exported to cost conscious markets like Africa. With the new product, the company would be aiming to make its presence felt in the entry level spectrum of the Indian two wheeler market.