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Yamaha Cross Hub Concept is created for city people with off-road aspirations

People have always known and associated Yamaha with motorcycles and bicycles. But a deeper research would reveal that it also designs and produces recreational vehicles, boats, small tractors and marine engines, as well as snowmobiles, golf carts, industrial robots, wheelchairs and even musical instruments. Now, Yamaha is unveiling a new vehicle at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show that fuses some of the possibilities of the company’s diverse mobility products – the Yamaha Cross Hub Concept.

At first look, the Cross Hub Concept looks like a small pickup truck. However, it was really designed as a new “lifestyle car” that connects the outdoors and the city. Yamaha wanted the Cross Hub Concept to not be too small or too large, thereby making sure that it is “just the right size.” This means that the size of the Cross Hub Concept is suitable for both city driving and off-the-road trips and is practical enough to be able to transport other Yamaha recreational products, like a motorcycle or an ATV. The result is a concept vehicle with a cabin that could accommodate up to four adults, and a rear cargo bed that could be loaded with up to two motorcycles.

Interestingly, the Cross Hub Concept has the driver centrally seated between two passengers. However, the driver’s seat is located a bit forward from the side passenger seats, allowing the driver easy access to the centrally positioned steering. With another passenger sitting behind the driver, the Cross Hub Concept comes with a diamond-shaped cabin layout. Yamaha has found that this diamond-shaped cabin layout allows the Cross Hub Concept to keep its compact size while still being able to carry four occupants and a lot of cargo on the rear bed.

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Yamaha presents 5 concepts at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Yamaha Motor is part of one of the most prestigious motor shows in the world -- the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 – where has brought an orchestra of concept and production models including motorcycles, scooters, electrically power assisted bicycles and Leaning Multi-Wheelers (LMW), as well as a Recreational Off-highway Vehicle (ROV), an automobile and an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid.

Visitors to Yamaha’s booth will be treated to the company’s "growing world of personal mobility" as fused by the Yamaha product development ideal of Jin-Ki Kanno. With around 20 models to showcase -- including six global debuts and one Japan premiere – it’s clear why its booth carries the theme: "Resonate.

The Yamaha Motor Product Orchestra.” Playing true to the theme, Yamaha’s booth features the image of a symphony hall in which Yamaha’s mobility products and musical instruments resonate like an orchestra.

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Key Toyota designer Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya heads to Yamaha

Yamaha Motor Co. has named Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya as its new design general manager. Nagaya is usually not hard to miss during auto shows, where he typically stands next to the grooviest Toyota or Lexus concept car. He is credited with the design of the first- and third-generation Lexus LS, the second-generation Lexus GS and the second-generation Toyota Prius.

He is also usually prank about the pros and cons of a certain vehicle design, unlike other designers who are too sensitive with criticisms against their works. Nagaya was initially general manager of the Lexus brand planning department – responsible for creating the “L-Finesse” styling language – before becoming as chief designer for the global Toyota brand.

Moving forward to his latest stint, Nagaya was president of Tecno Art Research, a freelance design hub for outsourced Toyota projects. His role with Yamaha commenced July 1. He will be in charge of design for a company that builds motorcycles, boats and other mobility vehicles.

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XV950 and XV950R mark start of Sport Heritage Yamaha bikes

The Yamaha XV950 and XV950R are ushering in a new era Sport Heritage Yamaha motorcycles. Inspired by the past but built for the future, the new Yamaha XV950 and XV950R motorcycles are the firsts of a new range of Yamaha products that merges the latest technology with established looks, aimed at inspiring riders looking to the essence of motorcycling.

The Yamaha XV950 and XV950R models -- both coming in neo retro Japanese looks -- are powered by a 58-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled V-twin engine encased in a steel double cradle frame. The compact and stylish XV950 models are designed to let their riders experience the joy of riding a distinctly styled custom bike with the feeling and rhythm only air-cooled V-twin engine can provide.

Featuring a low seat height, the XV950 motorcycles are developed to provide both a cultured and nimble ride while still bearing timeless character and soul critical to owning such mobile machines. Yamaha’s flat line style and use of exposed metal components highlight the motorcycles' simplicity, while its V-twin motor allows the bike to return a credible and reliable performance.

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Yamaha will be rolling out its new Race Blu color treatment to its showroom floors in very limited number in the next few weeks. The new color scheme, fresh from its show debut in Germany, honors Yamaha's race DNA and employs a complex combination of Yamaha Blue and Matt Grey to create a sophisticated new look.

Yamaha designers were able to focus on various components by highlighting selected body parts in Yamaha Blue, giving models a modern and streetwise image. The first model to don the Race Blu color combination will be the mid-range XJ-Series, which includes the XJ6 ABS, XJ6 Diversion and XJ6 Diversion F.

One of the striking modifications made to the 2013 model XJ6 is its redesigned side panels, which now sport a more integrated shape that runs seamlessly into the sculpted fuel tank. As the XJ6 is a naked model with minimal bodywork, the redesigned side panels give the bike a sleeker, more flowing profile.

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The XT1200Z Super Ténéré of Yamaha is a real-world motorcycle that can cross continents, with its DNA founded on 40 years of rally raiding. In March, Yamaha will launch the Worldcrosser, pandering on the sports-focused side of the Super Ténéré. The Worldcrosser was first revealed as a concept ride at the Motorcycle Live in 2010.

This limited edition model has all the benefits of the established XT1200Z Super Ténéré such as the Traction Control, linked brakes, shaft drive and ABS. It is also fitted with a variety of specially developed high-specification chassis as well as bodywork components designed to boost its 'go-anywhere' abilities.

This rugged high-performance parallel-twin features exclusive lightweight carbon parts like the fork protectors, frameguards and sidepanels. For an extra boost in protection off-road, the ride is fitted with a drive shaft shield, rear brake protector manufactured from black anodised aluminum as well as a skid plate. The Super Ténéré Worldcrosser is available in two exclusive graphic options -- red speedblock with red accents and black speedblock with yellow gold accents. It will be sold for £12,999, excluding first registration fee and road fund license.

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The coming together of Yamaha and Akrapovič, two of the most esteemed brands in the industry, is exciting news. The UK launch of this team-up will be witnessed by those who will be visiting the 2011 Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC. Akrapovič is a leading producer of innovative and exclusive exhaust systems.

Akrapovic has been sponsoring Yamaha's WSB team for several years and in 2011, it was the sponsor for the Yamaha MotoGP team. Starting in 2012, Yamaha's authorized UK dealer network will exclusively offer a broad range of Akrapovič exhausts for Yamaha's key motorcycle and scooter models.

The overall accessories market considers the after-market exhaust business as a very important and competitive aspect. The two companies share the same high levels of commitment to durability, ergonomics, quality and design.

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For a very limited time and through participating dealers, Yamaha is offering new purchasers of the YZR-R1 not only interest-free credit for three years, but they will also get a pair of Akrapovic silencers – worth over GBP1,000 – for free.

With such an offer, new owners could experience the bike's fantastic driveability, feel and excitement while spending the money that has just been saved for that promised WSB race visit in Europe. Full details of the promo can be found at www.yamaha-motor.co.uk/demo.

This promo is available through participating dealers from March 1, 2011 until March 31, 2011 and each finance agreement should include a GBP99 minimum deposit.

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Yamaha unveiled the Super Tenere Concept at the Intermot Cologne Show. This 1200cc adventure bike offers hints of the adventure tourer that consumers can expect to arrive in its dealerships in the near future.

The bike, which appears to be ready to compete in a desert race, has several aftermarket parts, including Ohlins suspension components (for uprated performance) and an Akrapovic exhaust system (for handling dynamics).

The Yamaha World Crosser concept is equipped with a full navigation and GPS suite integrated behind the tall front screen, which is very helpful when navigating vast open spaces with few visible landmarks.

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