2012 Yamaha Ray automatic scooter bookings open
Yamaha Motor India has opened bookings of the 2012 Ray automatic scooter, that it first showcased in concept form at this year’s Indian Auto Expo. Yamaha dealers across India are now accepting bookings for the first automatic scooter, which is to be launched by the Japanese two wheeler brand in the Indian market during September. The Yamaha Ray automatic scooter’s specifications are still a closely guarded secret even though we do have hints that the scooter could pack in a 125cc four stroke motor and here’s why. Our roving eye in the sky, EarthFusion, managed to spot a Yamaha Ray in Pune.
The Ray was doing a comfortable 90 Kph plus which is a clear hint of the scooter having a peppy engine, which in all probability will be a 125cc four stroke unit. The Yamaha Ray comes with telescopic front forks and this is a vital factor that will allow the scooter to take on the broken road surfaces in India with aplomb. The Ray also comes in petite dimensions along with a light weight as Yamaha has clearly indicated that this scooter is aimed at the fairer sex in India, with the brand even appointing Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone as a brand ambassador of the Ray.
The Ray joins the likes of the Hero MotoCorp Pleasure and the TVS Scooty Pep, which are also scooters that are squarely aimed at women riders. That said, future scooters from Yamaha are expected to target men as well. The Yamaha Ray is one sharp looker, with a blend of sharp edges and curves, although we wouldn’t be too surprised if you confuse the Ray with the Honda Dio, which looks pretty similar. The Ray automatic scooter will be build at Yamaha India’s Surajpur manufacturing facility, which builds all of the brand’s products for the Indian mass market.
In the coming years, Yamaha plans to launch a range of automatic scooters in India given the fact that the automatic scooter segment is a fast growing space of the two wheeler market in the country. To promote the Yamaha Ray, the brand is going all out with a new campaign which involves a contest of guessing the Yamaha Ray’s price. The lucky winner will get to ride away with a Yamaha Ray, as the prize. Click here to participate in the Yamaha Ray contest.