Sunday, November 24, 2013

2013 Tokyo Motor Show@Yamaha MOTIV.e

In the current era of urban traffic and environmental problems there is increasing demand for downsizing and fuel efficient cars. MOTIV.e satisfies these demands by utilising ground breaking manufacturing and materials technology while delivering a new level of driver experience which emanates from the Yamaha Motor Company DNA.
That equates to a total power output somewhere around 25 kilowatts, and a 65 mph top speed which, while it may not sound much, should give the Motiv-e an impressive round-town range if it ever reaches production since the entire vehicle is expected to weigh around 730 kilograms, much lighter than the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive.
And that’s the big challenge now. While the Motiv and Motiv-e look decidedly production ready for a concept car, Yamaha’s board hasn’t yet been convinced that making a city car is a smart move. However, if the board at Yamaha agree by the end of the year, it’s possible, say inside sources, that Yamaha could be making the Motiv and Motiv-e for European buyers by 2016.