Honda and Yamaha held a combined press conference at a Tokyo hotel on October 5 to announce that they were considering working together to create an under 50cc scooter for domestic Japan release only. The companies plan to official sign the contract in March, 2017, and begin sales of the model in the middle of 2018.
Honda will provide OEM parts to Yamaha for a model based on the 50cc TACT and Giorno. Yamaha will sell them as the JOG and Vino.
Honda will also provide a model based on its business scooter BENRY. Yamaha will release it as the GEAR to coincide with the introduction of new environmental standards. It is also considering providing OEM for future models.
Regarding the partnership, Honda’s chief operating officer for motorcycle operations Shinji Aoyama said, “With a diversification in ways to travel short distances, the market is decreasing. Low emissions regulations and standards regarding noise will likely be strengthened, so we are in a tough environment.”
Yamaha managing executive officer Katsuaki Watanabe said, “It is difficult to face new regulations and challenges as a single company. In order to continue our business in the best possible way, we decided to partner with Honda.”
(Translated by Greg Scott)