MUMBAI: Continuing on its top down strategy in India, Japanese two wheeler maker India Yamaha Motor took a critical step of entering 1.77 million units executive motorcycle segment by launching the Saluto at Rs 52,000 ex-showroom New Delhi. The move is considered as a stepping stone before the maker of R1 and R15 sports bike enters the 8 million units mass market motorcycle segment next year.
The Saluto will take on the segment leader Honda Shine which enjoys a 48% of the executive bike segment share today along with Hero’s Super Splendor and Bajaj Discover.
Yamaha claims the Saluto is lightest vehicle in 125 cc class which delivers a fuel efficiency of 78 kilometers per litre. The vehicle is based on all new platform, whereas the engine is based on Yamaha’s Blue Core Engine Development ideal, with a more compact combustion chamber than previous 125cc models released by the company.