Yamaha YZF-R15 150cc superbike has won the coveted India Design Mark (I Mark) award by the India Design Council, affiliated with India’s Ministry of Commerce & Industry. The India Design Mark (I Mark) awards program sees support from Japan Institute of Design Promotion, organizers of Japan’s Good Design Award (G Mark), and efforts to make the event just as efficient began back in 2010.
From a select 71 applicants, 31 were awarded the I Mark. Yamaha YZF-R15 was 1 amongst 3 Japan-based companies to be awarded. Launched in 2008, YZF-R15 upheld the fun of riding principle. The two wheeler gained recognition as a supersport model in its displacement class, and helped brand Yamaha strengthen their mark in India.
The 2011 YZF-R15 design went on to be sportier than its predecessor with its body design based borrowing from the Yamaha supersport YZF-R series models.
News Release: Yamaha’s supersport model YZF-R15 wins prize in the 1st edition of the prestigious India Design Mark (I Mark) Awards
India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. (IYM) is proud to announce that its 150cc sport model YZF-R15 has won the coveted India Design Mark (I Mark) award by the India Design Council.
The India Design Council is affiliated with India’s Ministry of Commerce & Industry and is made up of eminent people in academia, design and industry organizations. Its India Design Mark (I Mark) awards program was organized with the cooperation of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, organizers of Japan’s Good Design Award (G Mark), and preparations began in 2010. Adopting the same high standards as its Japanese equivalent, the submissions and judging for the first edition of the India Design Mark Awards was completed recently and the winners announced. Of the 71 applicants, 31 were awarded the I Mark, and the Yamaha YZF-R15 was one of four products from three Japan-based companies to receive the coveted award.
Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & MD, India Yamaha Motor said, “I am very pleased with this recognition that our flagship bike YZF-R15 has received. The bike which was introduced in 2008 has witnessed tremendous fan following and the upgraded version launched in 2011 only added more to an already great performing bike. This award not just realizes our efforts but also motivates us to continue creating more new and innovative products.
The Indian market where motorcycles are viewed primarily as practical forms of transportation, the YZF-R15 was launched in 2008 under a unique product concept that proposed the “fun of riding” as a new priority of value in a motorcycle. Its subsequent success as the first full-fledged “supersport” model in its displacement class succeeded in boosting Yamaha brand value in the Indian market significantly. In the autumn of 2011 the YZF-R15 underwent a model change that gave it an even sportier design. The model stands out for its body design based directly on the Yamaha supersport YZF-R series models, and is highly regarded for its sporty performance, comfortable ride and ease of use in around-town riding.
About the products of Japan-based companies awarded the I Mark: The four products from three Japan-based companies that won the I Mark award this time are all products manufactured in India, and although they are the products of foreign companies, they received the India Design Mark (I Mark) award because of the recognition they have won in the Indian market. The primary purpose of the I Mark award program is to increase design awareness and promote value of design in the industry and society, to raise the demand for good design from users and manufacturers and improve the overall quality of life by encouraging good design. The award recipients are recognized for outstanding design that meets these criteria.