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Yamaha Motiv city car concept

David McCowen and Stephen Ottley

The Yamaha Motiv at the Tokyo motor show.

Yamaha is adding two more wheels to enter the car market.

The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer unveiled its first automobile offering at the 2013 Tokyo motor show . the Motiv a tiny city car.

To counter its inexperience building cars the company has enlisted the assistance of famed designer, Gordon Murray.

Gordon Murray with the Yamaha Motiv at the Tokyo motor show.

The South African-born, English-based Murray made his name in formula one designing world championship winning cars for Brabham and McLaren before he created the McLaren F1 supercar and worked on the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren .

For the last few years though Murray has worked for himself, developing a revolutionary way of building road cars, dubbed iStream, that does away with expensive production-line techniques required for conventional cars.

It’s formula one technology for everyday motorists without using the exotic materials that so far we’ve only had in sports cars and high-end cars, Murray says.

The background to it is the iStream technology which is like a formula one monocoque bolted into a simple steel frame, that gives it strength with light weight.

According to Murray iStream keeps production of the body and chassis separate, with the pre-painted panels attached to the car at the final stage of assembly.

Conventional steel and plastic body panels are replaced by ultra-light honeycomb sandwich that also saves weight and complexity.

Murray claims iStream advantages include greater flexibility (multiple models could be produced in the same factory), shorter lead times for new models and greater customization.

Yamaha Motiv city car concept

To showcase iStream Murray produced the T.25 (petrol-powered) and T.27 (electric) city car concepts. The two prototypes feature compact dimensions and had a rear-mounted engine/motor that powered the rear wheels .

Murray hopes Yamaha is just the first iStream customer and admits talks are on going with several other existing car makers.

Yamaha are the first people to show a product, we’re working with seven different customers on projects, Murray says.

Yamaha’s Motiv concept car, which is similar in layout and size to the T.25/T.27, has a small electric motor, but its newly-developed 1.0-litre, three-cylinder motorbike engine could also work its way into the car.

Officially the Motiv has not been confirmed for production but looks likely to make showrooms in the not too distant future.

Murray could not say how much the car wold cost, only that it may be on par with machines like the Volkswagen Up , Toyota Aygo and Smart hatch.


Its Yamaha’s car, its up to them where to set the price but there’s no reason it couldn’t be competitive with any of those, he says.

It’s designed with Europe in mind but it cold go on sale virtually anywhere.

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
Yamaha Motiv city car concept
Yamaha Motiv city car concept
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