Yamaha is building a new low-cost, entry-level motorcycle for India and the project has been codenamed as INDRA (Innovative & New Development based on Responsible Analysis). This bike will be primarily built for emerging markets and apart from being sold in India, Yamaha will also export this motorcycle to Africa.
Yamaha has set a pricing target of Rs. 30,000 for this new motorcycle. With this price cap, we can be sure that the bike will be pretty bare bones, but will carry the Yamaha DNA of quality engineering. The bike is being developed with joint efforts from the Japanese R&D team as well.
The bike is expected to be powered by a 100-110cc, single cylinder, air-cooled petrol motor mated to a 4-speed gearbox. Suspension supplier has been confirmed to be KYB (Kayaba).
This new product will be built at the Chennai facility and Yamaha has allocated 60 acres to the 8 in-campus Japanese vendors working on this project.
Expected launch date is somewhere close to 2017.
Source – HinduBusinessLine