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Yamaha - marque/manufacturer information

List of all Yamaha cars

Yamaha Motor Company Limited (ヤマハ発動機株式会社 Yamaha Hatsudōki Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 7272), a Japanese motorized vehicle-producing company (whose HQ is at 2500 Shingai, Iwata, Shizuoka), is part of the Yamaha Corporation. After expanding Yamaha Corporation into the world's biggest piano maker, then Yamaha CEO Genichi Kawakami took Yamaha into the field of motorized vehicles on July 1, 1955. The company's intensive research into metal alloys for use in acoustic pianos had given Yamaha wide knowledge of the making of lightweight, yet sturdy and reliable metal constructions. This knowledge was easily applied to the making of metal frames and motor parts for motorcycles. Yamaha Motor is the world's second largest producer of motorcycles. It also produces many other motorized vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, outboard motors, and personal watercraft.

Yamaha Motor Co. is now a separate corporation, no longer a direct subsidiary of the Yamaha Corporation. They still share the same name and the trademark tuning fork logo, however with a small difference in the logotype of their name. The "M" in YaMaha is different - while the Motor Co's M extends all the way down to the baseline, the M of Yamaha Corp. is cropped in the lower middle part. Still, a close tie is kept between the two sister organizations. An example is a Yamaha manufacture plant in Indonesia, which both produce vital engine parts for motorcycles, and all hardware for Yamaha Drums and several of their entry-line drum kits.

In 2000, Toyota and Yamaha Corporation made a capital alliance where Toyota paid Yamaha Corporation 10.5 billion yen for a 5 per cent share in Yamaha Motor Company while Yamaha and Yamaha Motor each bought 500,000 shares of Toyota stock in return.

Racing Heritage

Yamaha has a long racing heritage where it has had its machines and team win many different competitions in many different areas, for example both road and off road racing, also Yamaha has had great success with riders such as Bob Hannah, Heikki Mikkola, Kenny Roberts, Chad Reed, Stefan Merriman and the latest, Valentino Rossi. Yamaha is known to those who are older in age as the designer of the modern motocross bike, as they were the first to build a production mono-shock motocross bike and one of the first to have a water-cooled motocross production bike (1981, but 1977 in works bikes).

Motorcycle models

Yamaha has made an extensive number of two- and four-stroke scooters, on-road and off-road motorcycles. The Yamaha XS 650, introduced in 1970, was such an overwhelming success that it crippled the British monopoly of vertical twin motorcycles.

Electrical vehicles

Motorcycles

  • Yamaha Alba
  • Yamaha Frog
  • Yamaha Libero
  • Yamaha Gladiator
  • Yamaha Mest
  • Yamaha Eccy
  • Yamaha Passol
  • Yamaha EC-02
  • Yamaha Passol-L

Mopeds

  • Yamaha PAS (Nickel metal hydride battery)
  • PAS Lithium (Lithium ion battery)
  • PAS Business (Ni-Cd battery)
  • Yamaha YQ50 Aerox R
  • Yamaha Jog
  • Yamaha Jog R
  • Yamaha Neo's
  • Yamaha BW'S
  • Yamaha FS1 (Yamaha FS1E)
  • Yamaha Lagend
  • Yamaha DT50
  • Yamaha TZR

Carts

  • My Mate

Wheelchairs

  • JW Active
  • JW-IB

Wheelchair upgrade parts

  • JWX-1
  • JW-II
  • JW-I

All-Terrain Vehicles

  • BW80 / 200 / 350
  • YFZ450
  • Raptor 80 / 350 / 660 / 700
  • Blaster 200
  • Banshee 350
  • Warrior 350
  • Bruin 350
  • Grizzly 600 / 660
  • Big Bear 400
  • Wolverine 350 / 450
  • Tri-Z 250

Snowmobiles

Yamaha has recently claimed a 100% four-stroke snowmobile line-up, making them the only snowmobile manufacturer to do so. In Canada though, there are still three models that Yamaha manufactures that are still 2 stroke. They are the Bravo, VK 540 and the Venture XL. Yamaha had introduced four-strokes to their line-up in 2003 and the line-up became four-stroke based for model year 2005. Many say that Yamaha has proven snowmobiles can be clean, efficient, and reliable all while maintaining strong performance. The RX-1 released in 2003 was the first performance-oriented four-stroke snowmobile to ever hit the market. It was not, however, the first modern four-stroke snowmobile produced. That honor belongs to Arctic Cat for their Yellowstone Special, released in 2000, which was designed as a rental sled that could meet Yellowstone National Park's stringent emission requirement. However, the Yamaha received much criticism for its weight disadvantage when compared to similar two-strokes, despite its excellent fuel economy and low-range torque. Yamaha is now on the cutting edge of four-stroke technology with the introducing of their 80FI engine which is equipped on the Phazer and Venture Lite models. This engine has one of the highest specific output of any four-stroke in production, with 160 HP/L, Yamaha achieves this even without the use of a forced induction system. Yamaha is also a key player in the "four-stroke wars", which are a series of advertisements from opponent Ski-Doo who claim their 2-tec and power-tek equipped two-strokes are still cleaner and more efficient than four-strokes, while Yamaha still claims the four-strokes are cleaner. Yamaha also broke a multi-year absence from sno-cross in the winter of 2006-07 with their introduction of a factory race team headed by former Arctic Cat racer Robbie Malinoski.

Current Line-up

  • Bravo
  • Apex
  • Attack
  • Nytro
  • FX Nytro
  • Phazer (4th Generation)
  • RS Rage
  • RS Vector
  • RS Venture
  • VK Professional

Significant Previously Produced Models

  • Bravo
  • Enticer
  • Exciter
  • Phazer (1st-3rd Generations)
  • Mountain Max
  • RX-1
  • SnoScoot
  • Sno Sport
  • SRV
  • SRX
  • SRX 440
  • SX R
  • SX Viper/Venom
  • Venture
  • VK 540
  • VMAX
  • VMAX SX
  • Vmax
  • Vmax-4

Snowblowers

  • YT-600E
  • YT-600ED
  • YT-660EDJ
  • YS-870
  • YS-870J
  • YS-1070
  • YT-1080ED
  • YT-1080EX
  • YT-1290EX
  • YT-1290EXR
  • YS-1390A
  • YS-1390AR

Remote-controlled helicopters

  • Yamaha R-50
  • Yamaha R-MAX

Outboard Motors

  • 4 stroke series
  • 4 stroke jet drive series
  • 2 stroke V6
  • 2 stroke portable / mid range
  • Full list

Sales Channel

India

Swan Aquatics

Kart Engines

WR series 4 stroke

  • WR250FK

YZ series 2 stroke

  • YZ125K
  • YZ85K

KT series 2 stroke

  • KT100SD
  • KT100SC
  • KT100SEC
  • KT100SP
  • KT100J
  • KT100AX
  • KT100A2

Other Vehicles

Yamaha has also built engines for other manufacturers' vehicles, most notably the V-6 and V-8 engine for the Ford Taurus SHO. The Volvo XC90 uses a larger version of the same Yamaha V-8 engine. They also built Formula One racing engines from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, with little on track success. In 1991, Yamaha developed its F1 engined supercar called the OX99-11 where two drivers sit in tandem in front of the engine, but the project was canned due to the world recession and lack of interest.

Yamaha also tunes engines for other manufacturers, Toyota being one of them. Yamaha logos are, for instance, found on the Toyota S engines..

Yamaha developed a prototype for a two-seater sports car with help of Albrecht Goertz. While the Yamaha/Nissan partnership never progressed beyond the prototype stage, Toyota took up the design and released the Toyota 2000GT.

Yamaha is also one of the big 4 companies in the Personal water craft market.

List of all Yamaha cars

Source: Wikipedia

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