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Yamaha Motiv city car concept

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IT was 50 years ago this that Honda made the from being simply a manufacturer to a car maker stepping the market with an oddball with a tiny engine and packaging.

Now Yamaha has dropped a hint that it’s to do the same, revealing a concept car looks likely to go into carrying the firm’s name by Again, it’s a small, two seater.

Honda’s first car was a pick-up truck albeit one by an unlikely-sounding 356cc inline-four complete with a DOHC (bear in mind that it be many years before made a DOHC four-cylinder bike, so the oft-quoted mistake the firm’s first cars powered by bike engines is disproved). A 500cc version in the sports car appeared shortly the T360 truck, also in

Yamaha’s car is neither a pick-up by any stretch of the imagination, a sports But it does have a famous and sports car name behind it. The is Gordon Murray, the South who was behind some of the most F1 racing cars in history and designed the 240mph McLaren F1 car. He’s spent the few years developing a small car and a unique streamlined production

Instead of using his own company to the cars, he’s working on licences to use the design and the cost-and-space-saving iStream ’ production to other companies. It looks Yamaha is on the verge of signing on the line.

Two versions of the car seem a petrol-powered version based on T25 prototype and a similar machine an electric powertrain based on his T27 The petrol version looks to use a three-cylinder 1000cc engine designed for the job by Yamaha. Where prototypes have been sharing the layout of his McLaren F1 with a central driver’s and a passenger set slightly further on each side, the Yamaha concept is a more conventional layout making it look like a Smart car.

Yamaha Motiv city car concept

The Yamaha also goes the Murray prototype’s forward-hinging instead sticking to normal

If it gets the green light and looking likely then the car is to cost around the same as a Smart FourTwo (£10k-ish).

company president Hiroyuki recently announced plans to into the automotive market by as as 2014, six years ahead of


Yamaha’s experience with is already greater than you have expected. It has been and building car engines for other including Toyota, Ford and for many years, and even in F1 with its own V12 motor in the late and early 1990s, albeit little success. The engine was intended to be used in the firm’s OX99-11 road-going supercar in but the project was dropped after a three prototypes had been

What do you think? As riders you be more tempted by a car carrying the name than by those other, established makers?

Yamaha Motiv city car concept
Yamaha Motiv city car concept
Yamaha Motiv city car concept
Yamaha Motiv city car concept
Yamaha Motiv city car concept

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