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NMax 155 maxi scooter being thought of for India: Yamaha India head | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

We suspected for some time that Yamaha was going to carry a 155cc scooter to India, however when it lastly did so final yr, it threw us a curveball by launching the Aerox 155 maxi-sports scooter, moderately than the NMax 155, which is the extra conventional maxi-scooter that we anticipated to reach.

Talking to Eishin Chihana, Chairman of Yamaha Motor India, we mentioned the choice behind bringing the Aerox right here first, and the corporate’s plans for the NMax. What we discovered is that Yamaha noticed the 150cc sports activities scooter phase as comparatively untapped in India and wished to attempt one thing completely different on this house, which is why it went for the Aerox. Relying on how nicely the Aerox fares within the Indian market, and whether or not clients categorical a want for a scooter on this phase with a little bit extra baggage capability or touring functionality, the corporate might fairly simply carry the NMax right here as nicely.

That is excellent news as a result of, up to now, the Aerox appears to be doing fairly nicely for itself in our market, carving out a neat little fan following. Demand has significantly surpassed provide, particularly for the reason that Aerox is simply obtainable by Yamaha’s comparatively scant community of premium Blue Sq. dealerships in India. Whether or not that is simply preliminary euphoria or it’s going to stick with it is one thing we must see.

One other piece of excellent information is that Yamaha is working to make the Aerox obtainable in all its dealerships, which might vastly improve the attain of the scooter and open it as much as new clients. The corporate can be working to extend localisation ranges, which ought to assist streamline the manufacturing course of and higher cater to the demand that it’s receiving. 

Yamaha NMax 155 vs Aerox: how do they evaluate?

Regardless of the Aerox’s success, although, individuals have expressed reservations concerning the Aerox’s practicality, and the NMax is nicely poised to handle these criticisms, with a bigger gas tank and extra baggage choices (its underseat storage capability is corresponding to the Aerox’s, however it does get a big 39-litre optionally available prime field). The one hiccup could possibly be floor clearance – the NMax’s clearance ranges between 125mm and 135mm, relying available on the market, whereas the Aerox presents a little bit extra, at 145mm.

With all of the necessary components lining up fairly nicely, there’s a good probability that we might see the NMax 155 in Indian showrooms sooner or later within the close to future. For a little bit background on the scooter, the NMax is powered by the identical R15-derived 155cc, liquid-cooled, VVA-equipped engine that does obligation within the Aerox however is housed in a distinct kind issue. It additionally incorporates a step-through format with a outstanding backbone part, however the scooter is aimed extra at city commuting, in distinction to the sportier Aerox. One main distinction is that it rolls on smaller 13-inch wheels (the Aerox will get 14-inchers). This could make it barely lighter steering and simpler to manoeuvre, although maybe at the price of high-speed stability.

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