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Have Honda and Yamaha settled their differences?

Article By Ministry of Bikes

Posted on 12 Oct 2016

Honda and Yamaha are considering forming a Partnership to create Scooters

Last week Japanese motorcycle brands Honda and Yamaha announced that they were contemplating forming a partnership to create small scooters powered by an engine less than 50 cc, in order to respond to a decreasing market.

If plans go ahead, Honda will act as an original equipment manufacturer for Yamaha which could happen as early as 2018. One of the main reasons for this partnership is to develop innovative scooter technologies at a reduced cost, whilst also saving money on exporting fees as vehicles are currently produced in Taiwan.

Whilst a staggering 1.3 million scooters were sold in 1995, 2015 noted the second year of a serious decrease in sales with around 370,000 scooters being sold, which is why it has been said that both organisations have decided to limit the partnership to Japan where there is a greater demand, and continue to market their own brands throughout the rest of the world.