Yamaha is the first manufacturer to adopt Gordon Murray's iStream production process
A new family of small cars could be created from the Yamaha Motiv concept
Yamaha is looking to launch into the road car market with the Motiv
iStream intends to make car production more flexible, saving time and resources
The Motiv is the first Yamaha to be created on the new platform, but might not be the last
A number of different concepts and designs have been floated
These concepts formed part of a video shown to media at the Tokyo motor show
Yamaha has confirmed that different body styles "are possible"
The Motiv is the first design to be created from the new Yamaha-Murray partnership
The lightweight two-seat city car will represent a significant challenger to the Smart ForTwo
The Motiv has yet to be confirmed for production, however, remaining a concept for the moment
The Motiv has been designed and engineered over 15 months
Yamaha and Murray have been looking to partner up for some years
The Motiv is around 100kg lighter than the Smart ForTwo
Both electric-only and petrol versions of the Motiv can be made
The Yamaha Motiv concept could be used to lead a new family of small cars.
Yamaha is investigating numerous body styles, including a sleek sports car, for its potential launch into the road car market using Gordon Murray’s iStream system.
Although Yamaha officials made no reference to the image, it was shown on a video loop on the manufacturer’s stand following the launch of the Motiv concept at the Tokyo motor show.
Yamaha’s general manager of innovation, Masato Suzuki, confirmed different body styles were possible, while Murray said all body styles shown in the image could in theory be based on his platform.
“The manufacturing system allows for a longer vehicle, a wider vehicle and many other modifications, without significant additional costs,” said Suzuki. “The first step is to consider if the reaction is positive enough to put the car into production, but it is my hope and goal that it will be. I am pushing hard for that. After that decision is made, we must consider the body styles.”
Suzuki also confirmed that Yamaha would not have pursued a mainstream road car project unless it allowed it to demonstrate engineering innovation. “Gordon Murray is the perfect partner because he thinks in new ways, and that embodies the Yamaha way,” he said. “We would not enter the car market to build a car in the same way as everyone else. Yamaha does not think like that, and nor does Murray.”
It was also confirmed that the car has been engineered to meet all global standards, including those in Europe. “Downsizing is a global trend, and this car encapsulates that.
"The time is right for us to take mobilisation on to four wheels,” said Suzuki. “Everything is under consideration at present. We see an opportunity for us in many different markets around the world.”
The Motiv represents the first concept to be created as part of the new Yamaha-Murray partnership. The car, which can be made in both petrol and electric-only versions, will represent a siginificant challenge to the Smart ForTwo if it gets the go-ahead from the Yamaha board to enter production.