Discussions have begun between Honda and Yamaha over a possible business alliance in the electric and small-engine scooter market. Initially this would commence in their home Japanese market, but could spread further afield.
A time target of 2018 has been set for this to happen with Honda supplying OEM machines based on their home market ‘TACT’ and ‘Giorno’ scooters, which Yamaha will sell as the ‘JOG’ and Vino.
They will also be jointly developing their next generation small-engine scooters which will be marketed as the Honda ‘BENLY’ and Yamaha ‘GEAR’ respectively.
Honda and Yamaha are also looking at jointly developing a range of electric scooters / motorcycles.